On my 3D model I have different conveyors (some with accumulation and some without).
I'd like to enforce a gap between my MUs on the whole track, whenever if the MUs are moving on the track or waiting on an accumulation zone.
Thank you very much.
You can change the MU-length in the MU-dialog. If you have a MU which is 0.8m and you want a gap of 0.2m between each MU you should enter 1m as MU-length in the dialog.
This is a bit clearer. In essence, the gap options of the Line object only enforce those gaps when an MU enters the object. When Accumlating is switched on, it means that MUs can still accumulate at the end as a result of blocking.
So, the question is wether your accumlating conveyor is really not just a non-accumulating conveyor. I have seen combined cases. A conveyor stretch can consist of several modules, which by themselves are non-accumulating, but the overall behaviour is "quite accumulating". You could create the same kind of behavior by cutting up a long Line object into multiple objects.
You can always set the Speed of an accumulating Line to 0 to stop all MUs on the same object.
Say you need a 0.2 meter gap between MUs that are 0.8 meter long. You will then actually use a MU with a length of 1 meter. When visualizing in 3D, you draw a block of 0.8 meters in length, so that there just appears to be a gap. Plant Simulation will of course take the actual length of 1 meter for the MUs.
In 2D it may be quite easy to show the gap with vector graphics, since you can specify a different border color and a border width. If you pick grey for the border, you can at least suggest the gap. Again, not exactly what you want, but you decided to simplify your model anyway (and you are most probably justified to do so).