0.9 - Science Pack 2 /w Storage

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0.9 - Science Pack 2 /w Storage

Postby TheSAguy » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:08 am

This is my Science Pack 2 layout. The idea was to have storage crates between every factory, to create a "battery".
This serves two functions:

1. Create a reserve when I might run low on input materials, to keep the system going
2. When I need any of those items, I can easily just grab some from any of the creates.

Science Pack 2 is very Metal heavy, so I have two crates for input of iron to the machines.
Thoughts?
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Re: 0.9 - Science Pack 2 /w Storage

Postby Zourin » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:22 am

Not bad, although you'll eat up a lot of resources with the intermediary buffers, even with the slot limiters. I would say the only two buffers you need are the input iron/copper, the intermediary belts/inserters, and the resultant green packs (I like to do a parallel split buffer to queue up to 1,000 packs)

With only four science machines, it may be feasible to throttle the inserter production by only having one circuit setup. Greens are, what, 6 and inserters are .5. Even if you halve output of the inserters, you can still support 6 green pack factories. given you're only using four, you should have a fairly soft overproduction that will naturally throttle the belt factories.

however, with your setup, that means intermediaries will back up through the chests, eat up tons of resources that aren't going to things like your personal construction chests. Your factory will devour resources that should be going to 'personal' factories making gears, pipe, belts/fast/express belts, basic inserters, and circuits. Automating your construction materials is more important, imo, than having overdone material buffers for science packs. The last thing you want to be doing is building your own ciruits for solar panels >.<
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Re: 0.9 - Science Pack 2 /w Storage

Postby ssilk » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:37 am

The chests for the copper wires are needed, because otherwise the inserters can't use their stack bonus. Or fill directly from assembly to assembly. Everything else is not needed.
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Re: 0.9 - Science Pack 2 /w Storage

Postby elkar » Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:07 am

ssilk wrote:The chests for the copper wires are needed, because otherwise the inserters can't use their stack bonus. Or fill directly from assembly to assembly. Everything else is not needed.


AHA so inserters can use that stack bonus upgrade only when pulling from chest or assembly machine?
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Re: 0.9 - Science Pack 2 /w Storage

Postby ssilk » Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:51 am

No, they use their bonus, when they move items from a stack into a stack. Yes, because chest, assemblies and many others have stacks. Just right click and you'll see.
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