In the ipolog 4 software, you can create a transport network directly in the layout planning module. This forms the basis for the later display of tugger trains and direct transports, because transports will only take place on the routes defined by you.
Creating a transport network
Open the Create transport network submodule in the layout planning module, as can be seen in the figure below:
When planning in this submodule, there are eight basic functions which you can use to create your transport network in a very short time. Please take the numbering from the previous screenshot.
|1||Scroll||With this button you can move the 2D view of the layout.|
|2||Create lines||The transport network consists of lines on which the transports later use.
You have the option of creating the transport network as required or only allowing orthogonal connections in the transport network.
|3||Definition of way path restrictions||When creating connections, you must directly select whether these are one-way or multi-way connections.|
|4||Switch traffic direction||
Here you can switch between one-way and multi-way connections.
Available from release 2019-07:
Define path restrictions
|This button can be used to define path restrictions for individual connections. To do this, the connection must be selected, selected connections are highlighted. For the selected connection, a table with all means of transport, grouped by tugger, forklift and AGV, is displayed on the left. By default, all are selected. By removing individual means of transport or groups of means of transport, these can be prohibited for the selected connection. The maximum permitted speed can also be defined.|
|6||Create stops||If this button is selected, stopping points can be created.|
|7||Assign material areas to stops||
With this button it is possible to assign stopping points to material areas. First select a stopping point. The material areas are then assigned to this stopping point by clicking on an area. If you want to cancel the assignment, click on the material area again.
Multiselect can be done with shift and left mouse button.
|8||Delete waypoints and connections||
When this button is activated, you can delete elements from your existing transport network, such as stopping points, waypoints or connections.
|9||Save||The changes made can be saved using the save button.|
|10||Discard||The discard button resets the transport network to the last saved state.|
|11||Undo/ Redo||These buttons can be used to undo or redo changes. Therefore it is also possible to open an activity history. Further information on this function can be found here.|
When creating a transport network, the waypoints are placed using the left and right mouse buttons.
After selecting the Create Path Network symbol (No. 2 or No. 3), the mouse must first be placed on a waypoint point in the layout. Now press the left mouse button once. A waypoint is created in the software. Now a line is attached to the mouse, over which the transport network can be created in the software. As soon as a new waypoint is to be created, move the mouse to the corresponding position and confirm with the left mouse button.
You can end the mode for creating a transport network by clicking the right mouse button.
The definition of stopping points is analogous to the creation of waypoints. The left mouse button can be used to place a stopping point as soon as the mouse is at the corresponding position, the right mouse button can be used to exit the mode.
A transport network can only be saved if all stopping points are connected to each other via the transport network and a connection between the individual points can be established.
If you would like to know the total number of stop points in your transport network, you will find this information on top of the stop point table. It is added in breakest after the "all steps".
Fine placement of waypoints and stops
Here you can finely place waypoints or stopping points directly in the view by adjusting the x and y coordinates of the selected point.
Definition of path restrictions
Path restrictions can be defined after selecting the button "Define path restrictions" (8) and a connection in the table on the left.
In the upper part of the table, the checkbox can be used to set which means of transport (forklift, AGV, route trains) may travel on the selected connection.
Below this a maximum speed can be determined for all means of transport that travel over the selected route section. To define a value, the checkbox "Override default" must be activated. The maximum speed on this section can then be entered.
Connections that have restrictions are highlighted in dark gray in the 2D view.
Restrictions can be set so that means of transport can drive from point A to point B, but not back. This then leads to a higher transport volume.