The Light Green Machine Institute

25 Jan 17: Unconventional layouts

I'll bet nearly every mill owner and lead designer, faced with a clean slate and the assignment to build a new machine, visualizes a long, rectangular building with ample tending aisle width and a drive aisle width with easy accessibility.

I'll work with English units.  If you foresee a wire width of 300 inches, you are likely looking at a building 70 feet wide, give or take.  Assume a length of 250 feet and a height of 60 feet (basement and operating floor).  This gives one an encapsulated volume of 1,050,000 cubic feet.

Let's say you work real hard, cut 10 feet off the length of the building.  You have reduced the encapsulated volume by 42,000 cubic feet--it is now 1,008,000 cubic feet. This is a 4% reduction in volume.

Now let's leave the building 250 feet long but narrow it by 3 feet. The encapsulated volume is now 1,005,000 cubic feet.  This is a 4.3% reduction in volume.

Encapsulated volume directly relates to building costs.  Think about this and we'll pick up here next week.


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