Let inserters load science packs into labs

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Let inserters load science packs into labs

Postby JasonC » Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:12 pm

Version 0.12.26 (full version), Windows 7 64-bit

Assembly machines can create science packs.

Science packs can be manipulated like anything else up to the point where they get to the lab, because inserters won't load them into the lab.

I would like to see inserters have the ability to transfer science packs into the science pack slots in the lab.

This would let you complete the chain and fully automate science pack production.
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Re: Let inserters load science packs into labs

Postby Zeblote » Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:14 pm

Inserters only load them if the lab is currently researching something that needs those packs.

Just start a research and it'll start working, unless you placed the inserters wrong way or something :D
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Re: Let inserters load science packs into labs

Postby JasonC » Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:28 pm

Oh wait, I see what was happening now. Thanks.

It was that the inserters only keep a couple science packs in the lab slots; and I had more than a couple in there already.
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Re: Let inserters load science packs into labs

Postby ssilk » Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:42 am

I think it's a well thought feature, that the labs don't request items, that they probably don't need yet.
But i also think this should be made more clear, cause beginners will not understand this on the first run.
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Re: Let inserters load science packs into labs

Postby Koub » Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:22 pm

It's a little like the assembling machines that stop requesting items once they have enough to craft 2 times current recipe.
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Re: Let inserters load science packs into labs

Postby ssilk » Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:27 pm

Of course. But for the labs this is not clear, cause they have nothing similar like a recipe GUI.
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Re: Let inserters load science packs into labs

Postby Zentriffic » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:52 pm

ssilk wrote:I think it's a well thought feature, that the labs don't request items, that they probably don't need yet.
But i also think this should be made more clear, cause beginners will not understand this on the first run.

This and the one about assemblers got me. Thought I did something wrong for the first few days. Be nice if there was easy to find documentation on these two features.
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Re: Let inserters load science packs into labs

Postby ssilk » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:07 am

I'm sure that how many items assemblies are requesting is explained in the factorio guide.

For the labs I'm not sure. So moved this to hat board...
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