Plant Layout Designer

Advanced, efficient tools for 3D factory design layout for manufacturing and facility planners using the Plant Layout Designer Role on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

The DELMIA 3DEXPERIENCE Plant Layout Designer (PLA) Role gives manufacturing planners and facility planners advanced, efficient tools for 3D factory design and resource layout.

PLA includes a catalog of parametric resources such as conveyors, shelving, tables, and containers that can leverage existing 2D factory drawings and be snapped to the 2D drawings to quickly realize the 3D layout. Advanced positioning makes it very easy to move, snap, and align these resources.

PLA gives planners a realistic environment for defining and validating shop floor layouts, delivering them to the shop floor for construction, and sharing them with other stakeholders for enriching and validating process plans.

DELMIA Plant Layout Designer

DELMIA Plant Layout Designer

Plant Layout Designer Benefits

Fast and efficient layout definition

PLA’s catalog of parametric equipment eases the work of plant designers. Most of the widely used plant equipment is available; no need to design it from scratch for every new layout. Simplified layout tools let users position, align, and snap layout objects quickly. PLA tools are easy to use and intuitive; non-CAD experts can efficiently define Plant Layout Designs.

Collaborative plant design and early discovery of layout problems

Avoid costly layout redesigns by enabling users to collaborate and share 3D layouts throughout the enterprise for review and feedback, avoiding costly rework.

Access to layout data throughout the extended enterprise

Create layout data that can easily be shared across the enterprise as 3DXML or 2D drawings or in other formats for review, feedback, and collaborating with suppliers. The data can be used seamlessly for resource planning and 3D validation studies.

Leveraging of intellectual property

Create and validate best practices, saving them to Catalogs for reuse by other stakeholders and to build corporate standards.

DELMIA Factory Layout

DELMIA Factory Layout

Plant Layout Designer Highlights

Import and extract 2D drawings

When 2D drawings are available, PLA provides a way to import them into the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform. They are placed on the layout floor so that resources can be snapped into defined positions. Users can also generate dimensioned, annotated 2D drawings of the 3D layout for use on the factory floor.

Import Point Cloud data (on premise only)

When using a 3D scanner to scan the actual factory equipment, a point cloud is created. PLA has the capability to import point clouds onto the virtual plant layout. This provides an exact replica of the existing facility which can be further enhanced by importing 3D equipment onto the point cloud from an existing resource Catalog. Users can move, manipulate, and measure the point cloud inside of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. A Clean point Cloud function is also provided to eliminate any “noise” contained in the point cloud, while a Mesh function can be used to refine the point cloud into surface data. When importing larger amounts of data, users can import point clouds in the E57 file format.

Position and manipulate resource positions in 3D

3D positioning tools let any user position a resource easily and accurately in the immersive 3D environment. A resource can be snapped instantly to a location, aligned with other geometry, measured and moved a specified distance, and checked for interferences. Smart embedded locators intelligently snap objects together within the layout.

Define resource hierarchies

Pre-defined resource types such as conveyors, fixtures, and tool devices can be used to categorize and organize resources. Users can create an organization tree that represents a factory, line, workstation, or other resource type, locate the resources in the 3DEXPERIENCE® Catalog, and copy them into the organizational tree. Using patterns makes it possible to quickly create a layout with properly aligned resources.

Choose ready-to-use parametric and non-parametric resources from a catalog

Includes catalogs of parametric resources—conveyors, part bins, tables, chairs, and shelves, to name a few. Non-parametric resources including hand tools, drilling stations, hangers and robots are also included. Resources can be selected from the catalog and copied into the 3D factory layout for positioning. All newly created resource instances can be edited and their parameters changed with a specialized intuitive dialog.

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DELMIA is a Global Industrial Operations software that specializes in digital manufacturing and manufacturing simulation.



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Safe: Customer controlled access. Transparent cloud backup. Encrypted communication protocols. Data always safe-no overwrite, no loss of data.

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