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Simple automation: "build me x tonnes of [resource]" (with cooling)

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avc15    461

So guys this is nothing spectacular just a tool I hoped to share with some of our newer members. We get a bit hung up on debatable things around here and I'd just like to share something simple.

Here's a really simple build I use to keep just a set amount of some manufactured materials on hand, so I can set my fabricators to "forever" but not actually go forever. In other words, so I don't have to keep micro managing when to shut off my polymer presses or how much gold to refine. This automation just keeps a set amount on hand, then stops building, and also pauses to prevent overheating. You can use it for anything! [plastic - ceramic - refined metals - whatever]

example 1: a self-cooled plastic manufacturing plant that runs continuously until we have 8t of plastic

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The polymer presses exhaust steam, the steam condenses. The pump activates briefly if that liquid sensor sees more than 50kg of water, to keep the presses from flooding. We use that thin layer of water for cooling.

The regular compactor to the left is set to priority 4 / plastic only (this is overflow)

The smart compactor is set to priority 6 / 8t & plastic only.

This way when dupes pick up plastic they will grab from the overflow bin first, and the presses stay off unless we actually start emptying the smart compactor.

cooling: I've located this plastic plant directly above a source of cold fluid, in this case, a slush geyser. If that temp sensor goes above 50C, the shutoff valve opens. Liquid valve is set to 3000g/s just to save power.

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Automation: just a not gate on that smart compactor allows the presses to run if the smart compactor isn't full to 8t.

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Some of these other examples have slight variations in the automation. But I've hidden them inside spoiler tags.

example 2: sand production. (variation: I use a lot of sand. So I noticed that the rock crushers would cycle on and off too much making for very short errands. So that's why there's an overflow bin / and a buffer that keeps the crushers active for another 200 seconds after the smart compactor is full. No cooling on this one, the air around it is enough. It will shut off 200 seconds after the storage fills up OR the sensed temperature exceeds 50C)

 

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example 3: ceramic production with cooling (has an overflow bin and cooling. Since errands are all delivery errands I don't benefit by adding a timer to produce a bit extra. Cooling is a cold fluid again, same concept)

 

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I don't have screenshots to show of a metal refinery, but the same ideas work. I just happen to have a copper volcano.

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Yunru    1330
14 hours ago, MustardWarrior said:

I know that dupes will deliver items to higher priority containers but I didn't know that they will take items from lower priority ones first.   This is a pretty handy system.

I'm not sure it's accurate either.

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beowulf2010    671
42 minutes ago, Yunru said:

I'm not sure it's accurate either.

Oh, it works. There's been a few times I've messed up on priorities and had dupes moving stuff from a 3 to an 8, just to have the autosweeper pull it from the 8, toss it in a 9 conveyor receptacle and get sent to another autosweeper that filled the original 3. Oops. 

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Yunru    1330
1 minute ago, beowulf2010 said:

Oh, it works. There's been a few times I've messed up on priorities and had dupes moving stuff from a 3 to an 8, just to have the autosweeper pull it from the 8, toss it in a 9 conveyor receptacle and get sent to another autosweeper that filled the original 3. Oops. 

Dupes will always move materials from low to high, true. But I'm not sure they take from low first.

 

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Of course, in this set up it doesn't matter. If they take from the higher, then the autosweeper refills it from the lower.

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beowulf2010    671
2 minutes ago, Yunru said:

Dupes will always move materials from low to high, true. But I'm not sure they take from low first.

 

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Of course, in this set up it doesn't matter. If they take from the higher, then the autosweeper refills it from the lower.

Oh, that's what you meant. Sorry.

I'm not sure if dupes have a preference for which container to pull things out of as the few times I need certain containers to stay full or others to empty first, I use autosweeper and lock dupes out. 

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avc15    461

Here is exactly what happens. They will grab from either container, but the smart compactor fills up again immediately and the low priority container empties out first.

Put both containers in reach of the sweeper.

No need to have additional containers in your base since it's specifically designed to keep just a little more than 8t on hand.

(it will be about 5 more minutes processing)

 

 

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