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Autodesk has announced the availability of the Factory Layout Optimisation plug-in for AutoCAD software, enabling engineers to devise more efficient factory layouts for material handling.

The AutoCAD plug-in is said to help manufacturers adopt leaner manufacturing methods, decreasing waste and improving overall factory efficiency.

The Factory Layout Optimisation utility enables industrial engineers and factory layout designers to take existing 2D layouts created using AutoCAD and define the material flow paths and stations inside the factory.

The technology provides real-time feedback on optimising layout from a material-handing standpoint, enabling more precise evaluation of multiple layout scenarios earlier in the design process.

The technology preview can be applied to new or existing 2D layout designs in AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD Architecture 2011, AutoCAD Mechanical 2011, and Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2011; both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Factory Layout Optimisation for AutoCAD will be available on Autodesk Labs for a limited time.

The user interface for Factory Layout Optimisation for AutoCAD is in English, but the technology preview is compatible with non-English versions of the supported applications.

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