Through IMPACT Cast Planning module, elements can be assigned to cast units (beds, tables or pallets). The configuration of the cast module is done in the Resource Manager and includes settings in:

  • Working Calendar
  • Factories
  • Divisions
  • Cast Units
  • Status

Simple example

We have created a simple example, this example illustrated the basic functionality of the cast planning module.


Figure 1, concrete elements, marked ready for production.

Casting an element can be divided into three steps:

  1. Selecting the element/elements that we wish to put on a cast unit.
  2. Positioning the elements, optimizing the area used for casting.
  3. Marking the cast unit (bed, table or pallet) as Produced.
    • This also changes the status type of the elements on that cast unit, from planned to produced.

Cast Planning Access Rights

Element Control SystemAccess all divisions or the specific division 
Create/Reclaim Rejected ElementAccess all divisions or the specific division 
Auto Cast/Add To Cast/Drag and Drop Access all divisions or the specific division 
Edit RejectionCast Planning, write permission 

Selecting elements to cast

Selecting elements for cast can be done both in the Project Manager and in the Resource Manager.

There are two main differences when working with one or the other:

  1. In the Project Manager, marking an element can be done both in the model view and in the element ID grid. But only from one project at a time.
  2. In the Resource Manager, marking an element can be done only in the element ID grid. However, it can be done for several projects at the same time.

Positioning the elements on cast

Now, we are in the cast module. The element has been selected for a cast, either from the Project Manager or the Resource Manager.

There are two different views where we can insert the element:

  • Calendar view


Figure 2, Cast planning - calendar view

Also, double-clicking on a cast in the calendar view will send the user to the detailed view for that cast.

  • Detailed view


Figure 3, Cast planning - detailed view

We may now rotate and modify the position of the elements so that an optimum fit and area usage can be achieved.

There is also a third view, the Cast view, where we can mark our tables and see the elements that are on that table, please see figure 4.


Figure 4, Cast planning - Cast view

In this view, A filter may be utilized to get an overview of the cast planning, please see figure 5.


Figure 5, Cast planning - Cast view

By modifying the filter, the user may show the desired casts.

When planning an element the table checks so that the element fits on the bed. The dimensions that are checked are length, width & height. 


These can be seen in the calendar view.


These are set up in the settings menu.


Marking the cast unit as Produced

When the cast is done and the elements are ready to be either delivered or sent to storage, the cast unit should be marked as Produced. This can be accomplished in all three views of the cast module:

  • Calendar view
  • Detailed view
  • Cast view (don't forget to use the filter)

If the user wishes the elements that have been positioned on a cast unit to change status, this needs to be set in the Resource Manager settings.

Exporting from the cast planning module

Exports from the cast planning module can be done directly on the cast unit/units. The following exports are available:

  • Pallet Queue
  • Unitechnik
  • BVBS
  • PXML
  • STL

Element Control System

A user can add controls to elements from Cast Planning, to be able to add a control the element must be planned for production. As displayed below you can see an icon for going to the controls.


Figure 6, Opening element control system from calendar

When the user clicks on the icon a new window will appear. From the you can add controls to the element.


Figure 7, Opening the dialog for adding new controls

This will yet again open a new window where controls can be selected and added to the element, these controls have been defined under settings in Resource Manager.


Figure 8, Adding a new control to an element

Once done the controls will be added. As can be seen in the image below, each controls have sub-controls and images attached to them. There are two kinds of sub controls, simple and measure.

The measured controls may also have images attached to them. The status of each control tells the user if the control is check or not. If using the status machine the status of an element will change to planned and approved or produced and approved depending on what kind of status type the control has.


Figure 9, Viewing and editing a control attached to an element

There are three kinds of status types, No status, Planned and Approved, Produced and Approved. In the calendar, in Cast you can turn on Element Colors to see what elements have passed their checks and which haven't. 

Inspection Images are also available for every control. This allows the user to attach images as proof or guarantee that the element has been inspected correctly before checking the control. Here it's possible to upload images or view and delete existing images. To be able to directly upload Inspection Images with a timestamp this is available with Impact Go.


Figure 10, Viewing and editing a control attached to an element, Inspection Images

Element Control Dialog Rules

In order to make the element control dialog (see figure 10 above) user friendly a set of rules are applied on simple/measurement check tabs.

Color Rules

The following color rules are applied:

  1. If the tab is empty a gray circular image is shown next to the tab name.
  2. If the tab contains items that are not approved a red circular image is shown next to the tab name.
  3. If all the tab items are approved a green circular image is shown next to the tab name. 

Activation Rules

The following tab activation rules are applied when selecting a control on the left side list:    

  1. The tab that contains items is activated. 
  2. If both tabs contain items then the tab with items that are still not approved (red) is activated. 

Cast Calendar Settings

The cast calendar settings dialog is accessed from the Cast Planning/Cast Calendar view.


Figure 11, Enabling colors

Now the cell in the calendar will change color if they to red if they have planned/produced elements where at least one of the elements have a control of the type "planned and approved" that has not been passed.

If there are elements that are produced but have a control of the type "produced and approved" that haven't passed the cell will also be red.

However, if the controls have passed then the cell will be green.


Figure 12, Viewing the calender with control colors

Add controls for multiple elements in the calendar view

This feature enables the user to select multiple elements at the same time in the calendar view. The user can then add element controls for the selected elements, see figure 12.


Figure 13, Resource Manager - Cast Planning, Calendar View - Adding element control

After selecting <Add Element Control...>, available element controls for the selected elements will be displayed, see figure 13.


Figure 14, Add element control dialogue, four-element controls selected

The user may then select the desired controls that are to be used for the selected elements.

Element Strand Patterns on Standard Bed

Element strand patterns on a standard bed with strand type bed can now be displayed, even if the strand pattern has not been specified directly.


Figure 15, Element Strand Pattern

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