Layout and Factory Planning

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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. Discover the relevant software solutions and services for factory and layout planning.

Optimize Factory Layout and Production Processes with a Digital Project Planning and Scheduling Process

Whether new planning, planning for repurposing or revitalization of production plants and manufacturing facilities: machine builders, system integrators and factory operators/planners have to deal with demands for reduced time-to-market, more flexibility and higher availability on a daily basis.

With an end-to-end digital project planning and design process, you can optimize existing workflows from concept layout and detailed planning to communication processes, validation and implementation. Thanks to realistic simulation of your production processes, you can identify bottlenecks in production at an early stage and respond flexibly to trends. This will increase your offer and order rate.

Cideon will be happy to advise you and provide you with conflict-free, efficient and successful project and layout planning using efficient factory planning software and layout planning programs.

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.


Challenges in Factory and Layout Planning

Layout and factory planning confronts companies with a variety of challenges. Efficient use of available space, optimized work processes and technological integration are crucial. Here we present you some of the challenges.

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.

Solutions for Your Factory and Plant Layout

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.

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FAQ about Layout and Factory Planning

Digital layout planning enables workflows to be optimized, from the concept to the implementation phase.

Cideon offers software solutions and services that improve the entire digital project planning and scheduling process. This leads to an increased quotation and order rate. Our services include planning and process analysis, PDM integration, laser scanning and photogrammetry. We respond to your individual requirements and wishes. Simply get in touch with us.

The challenges include increasing complexity, growing data diversity and the need for improved collaboration. In addition, the holistic view of the product and product life cycle is becoming increasingly important, which is why new possibilities in planning, training and sales visualizations should be used.

The benefits for machine builders and system integrators include an increased quotation & order rate, efficient planning and improved collaboration. Factory planners and operators benefit from improved production planning, interoperability between production and building planning, and digital transformation in collaboration.

The integration of PDM enables efficient data management in the layout and project planning phase by making it easy to find relevant layouts and assets.

5 Good Reasons for Digitized Factory and Layout Planning

Improve your quotation, layout, design and production phases with consistent data. You can also benefit in the spare parts and service area. We reveal 5 good reasons for digitized layout planning.

Reduce Order Throughput Time

Start manufacturing the product 90 percent of the time right after the start of engineering. Digital product management saves you time-consuming process steps, such as detailed design, creating bill of materials and production planning for reused assemblies.

Automate Creation of Spare Parts Catalogs

Create your spare parts catalogs automatically and “clean”. Use your proven PDM system and receive the latest information on the desired ERP article. Data redundancies are eliminated and incorrect decisions in spare parts procurement are reduced.

Accelerate Variant Design Using Configurators

Create your configuration solution even more efficiently. Use configurators to evaluate order-specific new parts at an early stage and incorporate the results directly into the design. Your benefit: faster scheduling and pricing.

Optimize ERP and Manufacturing Processes

Connect your ERP and production processes. Use all the information you need for your project faster and better. With the right data at the right time, you avoid errors and reduce quality costs.

Automate the Creation of Drafts

The same applies to engineering: more and more options lead to more and more variants. Reduce complexity and use the automated creation of technical drawings - automatically included in every new variant.

Why Cideon?

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

Decades of Expertise

Rely on decades of practical experience 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 daily business needs.


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

Trust in a strong group of companies. Cideon is part of the family-owned, globally active Friedhelm Loh Group and is based on the principles of customer-oriented and sustainable corporate management.

Are you Already on the Way to a Digital Factory?

The digital factory, also known as the “smart factory”, integrates modern technologies to optimize production processes. Automation, optimal collaboration, connected systems and real-time data enable more efficient production, quality control and resource utilization, resulting in increased productivity. Discover all the benefits of the digital factory now and find out how we can support you on the road to a smart factory.


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Quality, speed, and reliability in engineering are critical to your success. Comprehensive services are just as important as dedicated specialists and powerful software solutions.

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Go one step further with Managed Services: With this service, we monitor your CAD/PDM/PLM environment and ensure the long-term operational reliability of your software. This ensures that your systems are always up to date and ready for use, giving you the peace of mind that your software is consistently maintained and optimized.

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