Proplanner Workplace Planner

Proplanner Workplace Planner

Win32 and 64, English

Workplace Planner easily diagrams operator walk paths, calculating station cycle times and walk distances and determining LEAN work content up to 100 routes.

General Usage Instructions

1. Preparing the Drawing: Workplace 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 Workplace 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.)Workplace Planner Units 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 Proplanner will assume that your base drawing unit is 1 millimeter (although your base unit could also be 1 Meter). 


Once Workplace Planner is running, you can reset your default base units (to either 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 that 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 operator routing is basically a list of tasks that the operator needs to perform at a specific set of locations within the workplace. 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 stationary.csv (or Moving.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 Workplace 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 Workplace 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 Routings Tab. The first thing that Workplace Planner will do when you select "Calculate" is to make sure all work Locations that are 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, Workplace Planner calculates the time spent and distance covered in walking from one location to another. The program will 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. 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 Workplace Planner application.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from Autodesk Exchange Apps 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) 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.

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Version History

Version Number Version Description

Latest release

1. Added support for AutoCAD® 2016.

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