Layout/Factory Planning

Digital transformation in layout planning.

Factory And Plant Layout

Using layout/factory planning or factory design, you can optimize existing workflows from concept layout and detailed planning through to communication processes, validation and realization.

CIDEON Factory Design Concept

CIDEON factory design concept for machine builders, system integrators and factory operators

Machine builders, system integrators and factory operators/planners need to meet the challenge of quicker time-to-market, increased flexibility and higher availability on a daily basis, whether for new planning, repurposing or revitalizing production plants and manufacturing facilities.

With its factory design concept, CIDEON provides a solution for conflict-free, efficient and successful project and layout planning.



Increasing Production Complexity

Production layouts are always preceded by longer development times. Added to this is the growing complexity of hall layouts and factory planning. Other critical parameters ranging from draft to detailed planning include integrating building protrusions and a building's technical equipment. Help is at hand here in the form of digital factory models, either in 2D or 3D.

Growing Data Diversity

The variety of data in development and production processes is growing continuously. In addition to a growing amount of inventory and customer data, increasingly more third-party CAD formats are having to be incorporated. PDM systems can be used here to enable efficient data management in the layout and project planning phase.

Working together and Communication

Increasing project complexity requires new ways of collaboration and communication. This requires optimizing existing workflows from concept layout and detailed planning through to communication processes, validation and realization. Planning and process analyses help you achieve the required goals.

Integrated Product Development

Product development today does not focus on design and manufacturing. An integrated view of products and product lifecycle is becoming increasingly important. This is being supported with, for example, new ways of planning, training and sales visualization.


CIDEON's factory design concept gives factory operators (planners), system integrators and machine builders simple tools and a quick workflow.

PDM Integration

Our integrated and customized data management concept for layout planners guarantees easy retrieval of all relevant layouts and assets as well as a planning and financial comparison of planning statuses.




Planning and Process Analysis

Our planning and process analyses in a dedicated examination of current and desired planning levels provide you with clear and detailed measures for achieving the required goals. Rely on our decades of experience in planning processes.



Laser Scans / Photogrammetry

Use 3D dimensioning of buildings, industrial plants and machinery. Quickly and easily analyze your planning environment and avoid potential collisions. CIDEON supports you in structuring the individual scans.




Other Services

Use our expertise in combining design and layout planning at all stages of a project such as setting design standards, conducting training and visualizing projects for sales and communication. You benefit from efficient project launches, increased opportunities for order generation and improved communication.

Advantages of Layout And Factory Planning

Fast and high-quality creation of layouts 
Factory Design offers the optimal solution for layout creation with simultaneous high presentation quality. For machine builders, integrators, special purpose machine builders and factory designers, Factory Design provides a standardized approach, significantly reducing frictional losses, from the sales/concept phase to realization/assembly and operation.   

Benefits For Machine Builders And System Integrators

Increase in Quotation & Order Rate

Layouts are now created even more efficiently and with higher quality thanks to an object library. Entire systems as well as special machine concepts can be realized. This method means that you can save valuable designer hours.  

The high quality of the layouts also provides an optimal presentation opportunity and leads to an increase in your quotation and order rate.  

Efficient Planning

In addition to optimal planning, the modification processes are also significantly simplified. All common CAD models, as well as laser scans, can be used for your projects. Interoperability between mechanical engineering and building planning is provided by the unique connection between Revit and Inventor. Further benefits of layout planning are model coordination and collision control.  

Collaboration and Project Management 

In all project phases, from the sales phase to project planning, production and the assembly phase, all project participants (internal and external) are optimally integrated and can work together smoothly. This ensures the success of your project. The entire project can be planned and executed in the BIM context using Common Data Environment (CDE). An interface between CDE and Vault offers rule-based uni- or bi-directional synchronization.  

Benefits For Factory Planners And Operators

Efficient Production Planning

In addition to optimal brownfield or greenfield planning, changes can be implemented quickly. Common third-party CAD data can be used for planning, as well as laser scans as a basis. Model coordination and collision control are further benefits of layout planning.  

You also have the option of generating simulations, such as material flow or cycle times, directly from the layout.   

Link between Production and Building Planning

Interoperability between production and building planning is provided by the unique connection between Autodesk Revit and Inventor. Among other things, this allows errors to be detected at an early stage and cost-intensive adjustments to be avoided.   

IFC (coordination models) can also be integrated in the planning process.   

Digital Transformation in Collaboration

A model-based digital twin is the first stage in optimizing the lifecycle of factories. By networking all relevant people and project data, the process gains greater consistency. A Common Data Environment (CDE) forms the basis for collaboration and project management. From the concept, through the detail, to the execution phase, work is BIM-compliant.

Our Added Values

CIDEON advises and supports companies in optimizing their product development processes - from conception and engineering to manufacturing and service. We stand for:

Decades of Expertise

Rely on decades of practical knowledge in system integration and process consulting. CIDEON understands your business challenges in digital transformation and supports you with unique solutions along the entire value chain.

Customized Engineering

Benefit from customized solutions with CIDEON software and interfaces. Integrative, powerful and perfectly tailored to your individual requirements in day-to-day business.


End-to-End Process Consulting

Transform your digital requirements into corporate (added) value. We simplify your processes, map them digitally and make them economically viable - across functions and divisions throughout the entire product development process.  

International Cooperation

Place your trust in a strong group of companies. CIDEON is part of the family-run, globally active Friedhelm Loh Group and is guided by the principles of customer-focused and sustainable corporate management. 

Rene Schulz, Customer Success Manager

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Building Information Modeling (BIM)

With Building Information Modeling (BIM) you realize faster planning, design and implementation of your machinery and plant projects. With the help of 3D models and virtual process functions, you can map the entire life cycle (planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance) of your project. Efficient data interoperability simplifies collaboration with building designers, trades, and service providers.


CIDEON Support

Quality, speed and reliability in engineering play a crucial role in your success. All-round services are therefore as important as committed specialists and powerful software.

CIDEON Support gives you quick and easy answers to your questions, detailed information about products and solutions, and helpful tips and tricks.

Managed Services take us one step further: This service enables us to maintain an overview of your CAD/PDM/PLM environment and thus ensure your software's long-term operational reliability. You can then always be sure that your systems are always up to date and operable.

CIDEON Locations

CIDEON Headquarters

Cideon Software & Services GmbH & Co. KG
Lochhamer Schlag 11, 82166 Gräfelfing



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