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Mike Mayer Posted ·

Conveyor stats and conveyor naming enhancements

The following two ideas are based on a Question I posted, which contains the back-story:

https://answers.flexsim.com/questions/79306/empty-conveyors-showing-curr-content-1.html

Here's the two "Suggestion Box" items I came up with:

1. In the internal statistics-gathering for conveyors, perhaps only consider "flowitem" type subnodes in the "Curr" content calculations.

2. Consider including a new option in conveyor naming to show the name on top of the conveyor, maybe as a checkbox item. Also, as the conveyor is moved, stretched, and angled that the text will remain in-place and centered on the conveyor. With my trick, I can move the conveyor around and the text moves with it (because it's a subnode), but if I change the conveyor's length or angle it, I have to tweak the text too.

Thanks!

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Instead of putting a text object inside the conveyor itself you should put the text object inside the conveyor's draw surrogate. You can do this by right clicking on the conveyor and choosing Edit > Animations. Then paste in a text object in the animator view. This gets you all the functionality you had before without any of the stats woes.

drawsurrogatenamingexample.fsm

Note that you'll need to update the text code to use the ownerobject of current instead of current.up.

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