Visual 3D and 2D representation of factory layout information

How to use the model catalog “Annotation” in visTABLE®?

visualization of foundation anchors for realization of a factory layout

Quite often, factory planning needs more than just the pure 3D model of a machine and the building. Symbols and texts help to communicate complex relationships in layout planning more quickly to those involved. They thus actively support visual 3d communication in the factory layout.

What is the name of the machine and the production area? Where is the operating point located? Where are the foundation anchors located? In visTABLE®touch there is the catalog “Annotation” for support with which you can easily visualize additional information in 2D and 3D. In the following some practical applications are presented.

The measuring point, universal coordinates for the equipment list

Similar to a target, it provides accurate position coordinates in x and y and can of course also include the height z. A practical use case is foundation anchors for the installation of a machine, as in the following picture:

Visual communication in 2D layout of an installation plan for an injection molding machine with measurement points of the foundation anchors
Use of measuring points for the position of the foundation anchors of an injection molding machine

Visual communication in the 2D layout of a setup plan for an injection molding machine with measurement points of the foundation anchors.
The designation is arbitrary and can represent the numbering of the set-up points in the example. In this way, the coordinates are also automatically sorted accordingly in the equipment list. The list can then also be exported as an Excel spreadsheet to provide colleagues in the design. Measuring points are universally applicable and can of course serve for all possible coordinates, such as:

  • Hall supports
  • Media connections points
  • Suction points

Measuring points can be easily shown and hidden, as they are automatically assigned to the “Measuring points” layer. They are also visible in the 3D view

Visual communication of measurement points of foundation anchors in 3D with visTABLE®

Tip: You can achieve the contour display shown above in the 3D view by pressing the “o” key

Using text fields in combination with blocks and images for visual 3D communication

Visualization of area signs of a storage area in visTABLE®
Signage of a storage area in visTABLE®touch for visual 3D communication

Text fields can be used very flexibly for any additional information, a few examples:

  • 3D area signs in production
  • notes on the current status in a layout area such as “being revised”
  • technical notes on processes (temperature zones, for example)

The text field can be combined with a block in the “Block Layout” catalog to form a sign. Use it to form a module for your model library and reuse it in other layouts.

Combination of block and text field from the model library in visTABLE®

In the following picture you can see the two source objects on the left. Further to the right, a sign is created from the block area. This is done by adjusting the width, length and height and turning off the 3D property “Will be displayed transparent”. If several blocks, texts and colors are used, a wide variety of representations in 3D can be achieved in this way (see in the image on the right), which come closer to real signage.

Visual communication of a signage with blocks and text fields in 3D with visTABLE®
different possibilities for a signage with standard objects in visTABLE®touch

Tip: An extended possibility is also the use of imported image files (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP) as flat blocks. To do this, simply swap the length and height values and you have an upright sign with the imported image on it. Disadvantage, you can only use it in the current layout and not save it as a module in the library. But on the other hand, complex and realistic representations in 2D and 3D can be realized using the image, as seen in the following example, ideal for visual 3D communication.

Import PNG as 3D block for visualization of a signage in visTABLE®

Visualize operating points on machines

Main operating points (filled triangle) and secondary operating points (unfilled triangle) can be clarified and better considered in the planning by using the symbols. In the example below, the main operating station is located at the control and door to the work area of the injection molding machine, and the secondary operating station is located at the material feed or the control boxes.

Visualization of the main and auxiliary control points in the drawing with visTABLE®
Main and auxiliary operating points on an injection molding machine in visTABLE®touch

All symbols are automatically placed on the “Symbols” layer. This means that this additional information can be shown or hidden as required.

Control points are also visible in the 3D view of the factory model and thus promote visual 3D communication in the factory model.

3D visualization of the main and auxiliary control stations in visTABLE®
3D visualization of the main and auxiliary operating stations on an injection molding machine in visTABLE®touch

In upcoming articles more catalogs with symbols and application possibilities will be presented. If you do not want to miss anything more, it is best to subscribe to our blog.

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