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The Packager is a building used to package and unpackage fluids in and out of  Empty Canisters or  Empty Fluid Tanks. Both Canisters and Fluid Tanks are returned when fluid is unpackaged from them, allowing them to be reused. Packaged liquids can be transported with Conveyor Belts - this can be more efficient when transporting them with Conveyor Lifts due to the power usage of Pipeline Pumps, but only for very large vertical distances.

Recipes[]

Recipe NameCrafting Time (sec)IngredientsProducts
Packaged Alumina Solution12x  Alumina Solution120/min
2x  Empty Canister120/min
2x  Packaged Alumina Solution120/min
Packaged Fuel32x  Fuel40/min
2x  Empty Canister40/min
2x  Packaged Fuel40/min
Packaged Heavy Oil Residue42x  Heavy Oil Residue30/min
2x  Empty Canister30/min
2x  Packaged Heavy Oil Residue30/min
Packaged Liquid Biofuel32x  Liquid Biofuel40/min
2x  Empty Canister40/min
2x  Packaged Liquid Biofuel40/min
Packaged Nitric Acid21x  Nitric Acid30/min
1x  Empty Fluid Tank30/min
1x  Packaged Nitric Acid30/min
Packaged Nitrogen Gas14x  Nitrogen Gas240/min
1x  Empty Fluid Tank60/min
1x  Packaged Nitrogen Gas60/min
Packaged Oil42x  Crude Oil30/min
2x  Empty Canister30/min
2x  Packaged Oil30/min
Packaged Sulfuric Acid32x  Sulfuric Acid40/min
2x  Empty Canister40/min
2x  Packaged Sulfuric Acid40/min
Packaged Turbofuel62x  Turbofuel20/min
2x  Empty Canister20/min
2x  Packaged Turbofuel20/min
Packaged Water22x  Water60/min
2x  Empty Canister60/min
2x  Packaged Water60/min
Unpackage Alumina Solution12x  Packaged Alumina Solution120/min
2x  Alumina Solution120/min
2x  Empty Canister120/min
Unpackage Fuel22x  Packaged Fuel60/min
2x  Fuel60/min
2x  Empty Canister60/min
Unpackage Heavy Oil Residue62x  Packaged Heavy Oil Residue20/min
2x  Heavy Oil Residue20/min
2x  Empty Canister20/min
Unpackage Liquid Biofuel22x  Packaged Liquid Biofuel60/min
2x  Liquid Biofuel60/min
2x  Empty Canister60/min
Unpackage Nitric Acid31x  Packaged Nitric Acid20/min
1x  Nitric Acid20/min
1x  Empty Fluid Tank20/min
Unpackage Nitrogen Gas11x  Packaged Nitrogen Gas60/min
4x  Nitrogen Gas240/min
1x  Empty Fluid Tank60/min
Unpackage Oil22x  Packaged Oil60/min
2x  Crude Oil60/min
2x  Empty Canister60/min
Unpackage Sulfuric Acid11x  Packaged Sulfuric Acid60/min
1x  Sulfuric Acid60/min
1x  Empty Canister60/min
Unpackage Turbofuel62x  Packaged Turbofuel20/min
2x  Turbofuel20/min
2x  Empty Canister20/min
Unpackage Water12x  Packaged Water120/min
2x  Water120/min
2x  Empty Canister120/min

Overclocking[]

Main article: Clock speed

The Packager can be overclocked using Power Shards. Overclocking increases the input/output speed of the Packager at the cost of exponentially increased power demand.

Clock speed 25% 50% 75% 100% 150% 200% 250%
Consumption (MW) 1.09 3.3 6.31 10 19.13 30.31 43.32

Head lift[]

Main article: Head lift

The Packager has a recommended head lift of 10 meters, measured from the center of its pipe outlet.

Using for vertical transport of fluids[]

For vertical transport of fluids, using Packagers and Conveyor Lifts instead of Pipelines and Pipeline Pumps can be more efficient, but only for extremely large vertical distances, due to the number of Packagers required to package/unpackage a full Pipeline of fluid. The break-even point varies by fluid as they all have different package/unpackage rates.

To approximately calculate the break-even amount of vertcal lift you:

  • Calculate the number of Packagers required to package and unpackage a full Pipeline (300/s for mk1 or 600/s for mk2) of fluid
    • Pipeline flow rate / package rate of fluid
    • Plus Pipeline flow rate / unpackage rate of fluid
  • Calculate the energy these Packagers require
    • Packager count * 10MW
    • Note this is simplified as it does not account for the lower-than-proportional energy usage of an underclocked machine, or the higher-than-proportional energy usage of a partially idle machine
  • Calculate the number of Pipeline Pumps that can be powered for the same energy
  • Calculate the total Head lift this many Pipeline Pumps will provide
  • This is the approximate break-even point

The equation for this is:

FLOOR( ( ( (pipe flow rate / package rate) + (pipe flow rate / unpackage rate) ) * packager power) / pump power ) * pump head lift


Where FLOOR() is a function that rounds down to the nearest integer.

Note this equation does not account for underclocked or partially idle Packagers, where a fractional number of Packagers is needed (e.g. 2.5 Packagers are needed to unpackage 300/s Water).

  • If fractional Packagers are underclocked to the exact required fraction then power use and break-even will be slightly less than this equation indicates due to better power efficiency
  • If fractional Packagers are left at 100% Clock speed and so are partially idle then power use and break-even will be slightly more than this equation indicates due to idle power draw
Break-even vertical height (metres) calculated using above equation
Fluid mk1 Pipeline mk2 Pipeline
mk1 Pipeline Pump mk2 Pipeline Pump mk1 Pipeline Pump mk2 Pipeline Pump
Alumina Solution 240 300 500 600
Fuel 620 750 1240 1550
Heavy Oil Residue 1240 1550 2500 3100
Liquid Biofuel 620 750 1240 1550
Nitric Acid 1240 1550 2500 3100
Nitrogen Gas* infinity infinity infinity infinity
Oil 740 900 1500 1850
Sulfuric Acid 620 750 1240 1550
Turbofuel 1500 1850 3000 3750
Water 360 450 740 900


Even the smallest break even point for any combinaton is 240 metres, or 60 4m Wall segments.

*Nitrogen Gas is a gas, not a liquid. As such does not require Head lift to transport vertically, so does not require any Pipeline Pumps.

Trivia[]

  • "PAC-IT MK1" is written on the machine, suggesting that higher marks would be available, though it has been denied by developers.[1]
  • Before the introduction of the Packager, Refineries were given the job of packaging and unpackaging liquids. Refineries that were constructed after the update lost this ability.
  • To calculate the energy spent to package / unpackage a certain fluid:
    • Energy = 600 MJ / (rate of un/packaging in X/min) . The multiplier for the item recipe can be ignored as only the rate is concerned.

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