Factory Layout: A starter package allows projects to be quickly implemented

Factory layout projects benefit from low start-up costs and rapid implementation

Cambridge, UK and Pittsford, NY – 4 September 2019: Many project managers still rely on 2D when it comes to factory layout. But there is 3D software that bridges both worlds.
With the 2D/3D software, 3D models can be automatically generated from a 2D layout. This provides two key benefits for designers: first, the high speed of working in 2D, and second, the advantages of a 3D model. A specially designed starter package for factory layout enables projects to be quickly started and rapidly implemented.
Starter package for factory layout: Factory modelling, implementation, and training
Starter package for factory layout: Factory modelling, implementation, and training

Effective use of vertical space

The advantages of 3D design are manifold. In many complex production lines, it is vital that vertical space is used effectively during the manufacturing process. This requires precise planning at the design stage. As a result, collision detection and 3D visualization are becoming increasingly important for factory layouts. The 3D approach makes it easy to create high-quality designs, thereby avoiding expensive problems and delays during construction. For many Engineering departments though, 3D still seems like a big step to take.
M4 PLANT provides standard catalogues of 3D components, drag & drop placement, and auto-routing functionality

Size-independent, high-performance design

“Many companies in the UK today still use 2D CAD software as their primary tool for factory design. Although well aware of the benefits of a 3D approach, most have tried Mechanical 3D CAD systems and have quickly come up against their limitations, such as size constraints, poor performance, or inaccuracy” explains Mark Simpson of engineering software developer CAD Schroer.
“Recent research in Germany tells a similar story, with most users quoting ease of use and quick implementation as some of the most important criteria when choosing a new system. This is exactly where M4 PLANT comes in; it not only offers easy implementation with its integrated 2D/3D approach, but also provides the right architecture and tools necessary for high performance, large-scale, standards-compliant design,” Mark Simpson continues.
“Our starter package gets projects off to a flying start. We get you up to speed within a few days.“

The future is 3D

“Our starter package gets projects off to a flying start,” Mark explains. “We supply everything clients need to tackle a new build or factory refurbishment project in a high-quality 2D to 3D design environment: We install and implement the software, usually in one day, and get users up to speed within a few days.
“We can model existing factories, including the machinery,” continues Mark Simpson. “Or, depending on your needs, we can layout a new production line in the required location, quality checking any 2D drawings and 3D files provided. We supply the complete 3D lifecycle model clients need to plan subsequent changes and visualise them in 3D.”
M4 PLANT’s integrated interference checker prevents expensive problems and delays during construction

A Quick Start for 3D Factory Projects

CAD Schroer makes it easier for customers to transition from 2D to 3D for large projects. Its M4 PLANT factory layout software is easy to learn even for 2D users with no previous 3D experience. Existing 2D drawings can be imported and quickly used as the basis for 3D layouts, walk-throughs and visualizations. By placing 2D equipment symbols at the required location on the 2D layout, the corresponding 3D models are automatically loaded at the same location in 3D. The starter package for factory layout further increases productivity.

Greenfield or brownfield?

CAD Schroer makes it easy to transition from 2D to 3D without painful product implementation or training issues. Its starter package enables you to quickly tackle your first 3D factory project, and rapidly pays for itself through significant productivity and quality gains. M4 PLANT delivers the productivity you need to successfully tackle greenfield or brownfield projects – whether it’s a new build or a refurbishment of an existing factory.

The starter package for digital factory layout is a shrewd investment for factory projects.

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