Creating an Area with Multiple Contours

atarget.gif (1372 bytes) This task shows you how to create an area that has more than one contour. . . . .
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There may be times when you need to work with areas that are physically not contiguous, but which you want to treat as a single area logically. An example may be two (or more) work areas in a factory separated by a walkway. If you create an area with more than one contour, all the different contours (or areas) you have created will be treated as one logical area, even though they are physically separated. This will, for instance, allow you to more easily analyze available space for placing work cells. In the example below you have one assembly line and you want to add a second contour to it.

ascenari.gif (1364 bytes) 1. Bring up the definition panel (or dialog box) for the assembly line. (A) Click Edit in the menu bar, (B) then on the line that corresponds to the area for which you want a second contour, e.g. "assembly line1.1 object" and (C) then on Definition. This displays the Definition Panel. (You can also press Ctrl+Enter to display the panel. Or click the right mouse button and then follow from Step B above.)

2. Enter your information and click Add. This brings up the Contour Add dialog box. Displayed functions are similar to the Area Creation dialog box, with the difference that the Rectangular - Corners buttonrectcorners.gif (1186 bytes) function does not allow use of the Shift key to change axis.

3. Enter information and make your selections, then click the left mouse button to create the second contour and click OK. The second contour is created.
ainfo.gif (980 bytes) Since all contours you create for one area are considered part of that area, only one object will display in the specifications tree,  in this case Assembly Line1.

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