I would also add, that you can add productivity modules for uncoiling, which is a very fast recipe and is also done in a regular assembler.Khaim wrote: ↑Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:52 pmYou're not wrong; the tier-1 coil recipes are no more efficient than simple casting, although they are slightly faster. (The tier-2 coil recipes add output in exchange for coolant.)
However the real benefit is compression. You're probably cutting the coil into plate immediately - don't! Each sheet coil item is 4 plates; if you move them as coils you can get 4x the throughput. That's huge.
You can add productivity modules to normal casting machines, but the recipe is far slower and the machine doesn't except as much modules.
The fast uncoiling means, that you can get away with less machines/speed beacons to take advantage of productivity modules