Stations and material areas can be created directly in the ipolog 4 Workspace software.
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 new station can be created via New (1).
Subsequently, an individual name for the new station can be assigned (2). The number of stations is entered in the "Count" selection field, the counting steps in the software name in "Increment". The confirmation of the designation is done via Create (3).
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 surfaces are to be entered first (4) and then click on create Station(s) (5). After that, the user again 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.
Areas created in ipolog 4 Workspace can be rotated via the Layout Editor.
To do this, "Layout movable" (see 1) must first be activated. Then the desired area can be selected by clicking on it. For the selected area a window opens, which shows among other things the position and the name of the area. The area can be rotated in different directions and at different angles (see 2):
To remove single or multiple areas via the layout editor, "Layout movable" must also be activated. Selected areas can then be deleted using the buttons shown in the screenshot below:
Renaming of surface designations
The renaming of material surfaces takes place in the Layout Editor. This must be opened in the first step. Now the option "Layout Areas Movable" has to be selected first. This allows you to move and edit areas in the layout.
The next step is to select an area. This is done by clicking on any area. A small window opens, which shows different parameters of the selected area, including the name of the selected area.
In the next step, change the name and confirm the entry with Enter. The newly defined name for the material surface will then be used in the 2D view and in the 3D view.
Moving areas and changing sizes
To change the dimensions of an area, in addition to the possibility of entering the areas manually, it is also possible to change areas by dragging them with the left mouse button at predefined points (1). The new dimensions will be applied automatically. To move an area, hold down and move (2) at the same time.When moving an area, help lines are automatically displayed, which bring the area into the position of the shown lines when the area is released. If this is not desired, the function can be switched off with (3).
Zoom and Select
To zoom in on one or more areas in the Layout Editor there is a possibility to drag a zoom window by holding the Alt key and drag a window with the left mouse button. Releasing the left mouse button zooms the view to the window.
To select specific areas, the process is similar to zooming. Selecting specific areas is done by holding the Shift key and dragging a select window with the left mouse button. Releasing the left mouse button selects the framed areas.