Proplanner Flow Planner

Proplanner Flow Planner

Win32 and 64, English

Flow Planner provides a quick and painless way to diagram and quantify the flow of people and materials within any Autodesk® AutoCAD® layout drawing.

General Usage Instructions

1. Preparing the Drawing: Flow Planner bases calculations on distances read from your drawing. Therefore it is important to have a drawing that is appropriately scaled using ACTUAL units. The drawing does not need to be highly detailed for Flow Planner to work, since you will provide location text labels for all locations. (As such, the drawing needs to be detailed enough that you can tell where “Machine 6” is located.) Flow Planner Units Flow Planner can work in either Engineering (Foot-Inch) or Decimal (Metric) units. You can check and change the units in the drawing with the Units command in AutoCAD. By default, the application will assume that if your drawing is set to Engineering units that your base unit is 1inch in size. If your drawing is set to Decimal units, then the application will assume that your base drawing unit is 1 millimeter (although your base unit could also be 1 Meter). Once Flow Planner is running, you can reset your default base units (to Inches, Millimeters, or Meters) on the Settings Tab if these defaults are incorrect. AutoCAD Note: Remember that if you use the AutoCAD UNITS command to change your drawing units, which you will also probably need to set your drawing limits (size) by using the AutoCAD LIMITS command. You will then need to follow the limits command with the ZOOM ALL command in order to ensure that you are viewing the entire work area. Adding to the Drawing Regardless of which units you use, remember to convert distances properly when drawing. For a Foot-Inch drawing with the default base unit size, if the distance between a table and a box is 3'6" in reality, make sure that the table is 42 base units (inches) from the box in the drawing. 

2. Preparing the Routings: The Material Routing is basically a list of moves that the material handling device (i.e. Fork Truck) needs to make to a specific set of locations within the factory. The routing can be defined within the application in the Routings Tab, or it can be created in another application (e.g. Microsoft Excel) and imported into Workplace Planner as a CSV file. If you choose to create your Routing in Excel, it is very helpful to see an example first. Open the HydraPumps.csv sample file provided in the tutorial directory, and use it as a template to help ensure your format is correct. Remember that you will need to save the Excel file as a comma-separated file* so it can be Opened within Flow Planner. *You can also change the delimiter type to a semicolon. To have Flow Planner read this type of file, change the default delimiter on the Licensing/Settings Tab. For details of creating, importing, and editing routings, see the Routings Tab section of the Flow Planner manual. 

3. Conducting the Analysis: After the drawing properly reflects the state of your facility and you have created your routing, you are ready to do an initial analysis. The analysis is started by clicking the "Calculate" button in the Part Routings Tab. The first thing that Flow Planner will do when you select "Calculate" is to make sure all From Locations and To Locations referenced in the routing exist in the drawing. If any locations are missing in the drawing, you will be prompted to place them. After this check is completed, Flow Planner calculates the time spent and distance covered in moving parts from one location to another. The program will create, or update, the list of paths (in the Paths Tab) with the computed times and distances. The results window is prepared with a summary of the distance, time, and travel information. You can see how time was utilized by viewing the graphs or charts in the Utilization Tab. Selecting the “Save As” button will save your results to a file. The routing data, method/processes/containers data, products/parts data, and results data are all stored in separate files. These files are all simple comma-delimited text files that are easy to import into a word processor or spreadsheet (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Right click on the items in the list or on the chart to copy the information to other applications.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Launches the Flow Planner application.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from Autodesk App store has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8/8.1/10) or Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP), and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

Tutorial files are included in the tutorial directory which is located within the folder where the application is installed - %AppData%\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\ Proplanner_FlowPlanner.bundle\Contents\Program\Tutorial Files

Known Issues


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Version History

Version Number Version Description

Support for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2018.

Latest release

    1.  Compatible with AutoCAD® 2016
    2.  Added the ability to specify a tugger route directly to a delivery row.
    3.  Fixed the bug where an error saying creategraph failed in Aisle Path Tugger Calc.
    4.  Fixed the bug that did not allow user to exit entering the workcenter points during a calculation.
    5.  Fixed the bug in calculation of optimal tugger routes using aisle paths.
    6.  Fixed the bug where there are duplicate location text labels but does not specify which are duplicated
    7.  Fixed the bug where a refresh happened for every row of a multi row update.
    8.  Added a feature that will notify the user if aisle lines contain a Z value greater that zero.
    9.  Fixed the bug where joining locs to aisles then running the Tugger Generate Routes throws an error saying Index Error - Outside the bounds of the array. 
    10.  Fixed the bug where editing fields under the Methods tab and clicking update causes the values to be replaced by the default values.
    11.  Fixed the bug where the Congestion Graph crashes.
    12.  Fixed the bug where the calculation will fail if "Ignore Load Unload Time" is selected.
    13.  Updated the Tugger Tab - Show unused deliveries display.
    14.  Fixed the bug in Aggregate Method Utilization Report Total Time Calculation.
    15.  Fixed general compiler issues.
    16.  Fixed the error when adding a new location to a Tugger Study.
    17.  Fixed the bug when multiple aisle layers are used.
    18.  Fixed the error when doing a FRM TO Tugger Study calculation.
    19.  Fixed the bug when increasing order quantities by a magnitude in the Methods tab. 
    20.  Fixed the bug where if a Product and Location had the same name, the program crashes if you join ailses.
    21.  Fixed the bug where "Create Aisle Congestion" button is available only if the user closes and reopens the application.
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