In the software ipolog 4 Workspace stations and material areas can be created directly.
In this view, the Layout Editor window can be opened via View.
From March 2019, the dialogue has adapted:
ipolog 4 Workspace now opens the layout editor in which the areas are to be created as follows:
Creating of Areas
Enter the names and dimensions of the area in the respective fields. Additionally there is the possibility to assign the areas to certain stations, which have been created in ipolog.
The field "Type " is used to define the type of area in ipolog 4. There are four different types:
This designates surfaces that are used for material positioning. In ipolog there is only the possibility to place materials on these areas.
Working areas are used for the visualization of workers. This is the area where the workers go to the materials for the vehicle's assembly. The entire work processes take place on these areas, in a sense.
The Conveyor Area represents the assembly line area. This area will later show the product in the software.
Blocking areas describe restricted areas that are not accessible to workers. They can also be used to visualize other obstacles.
The process is confirmed via the "Create" button. Afterwards the created area is attached to the mouse and can be placed in the layout. This is done by a left click in the view of the layout editor.
The creation of stations in the software is analogous to the procedure for areas.
A station in ipolog 4 consists of five areas as shown in the figure below:
- Two material areas for material positioning.
- Two work areas to perform the work processes of the workers.
- A conveyor that represents the assembly line area. This area enables the visualization of the product later on.
The dimensions for the respective areas must first be entered (1) and then click on the green plus sign (2). This opens a new window, which can be seen in the picture on the right.
In the next step, enter the name and the number of stations (3). The number of stations is entered into the selection field "Count", the counting steps for the designation of the software into "Increment". The confirmation of the designation takes place via Create. Then the later names of the stations are displayed in the white field under "Station".
Finally, the planner confirms the defined stations with the button "Create" (4). Then the user has the possibility to place the stations directly in the layout editor.
Creating of Working Points
Working Points can only be created optionally in the software. You specify where a worker works.
In the assembly Excel, a worker's working points must be defined for each operation. However, a differentiation must be made here between product-related and stationary working points.
Product-related working points are specified directly when defining and importing products into the software and can also be adjusted via the catalog.
Stationary working points can be created and used as desired in the layout editor.
To place the working point freely in the layout, click on it and then move it. To do this, hold down the left mouse button.
If you do not have any facilities in your layout, you must use one of the help tools supplied with ipolog 4 MF to be able to create the transport network in ipolog 4 MF later. Find out more here.
Export the layout for Material Flow
Under "File" "Save layout" the layout can now be exported.
Import into logistics planning in ipolog 4 Material Flow
After saving, you can import your layout into Material Flow
After logging in, you can import the layout in the "Layout Planning" "Layout Editor" module.