Satisfactory Early Access – Episode 07: Perfect Copper Chain and Vehicle Automation

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So there ended up being a gap between the last episode where I harvested a nominal amount of coal and the beginning of Episode 7. However, I think the preparation time paid off because we end up covering a lot of ground!

[G^G] Satisfactory Early Access – Episode 7: Perfect Copper Chain and Vehicle Automation

Episode Index

1:11Improved Limestone/Concrete Production
3:20A Perfect Copper Chain!
6:04A Sight To Behold
7:35Truck Station Basics
9:09The Coal Expedition Begins
10:57Setting Up The First Coal Outpost
14:30Don’t Forget To Re-equip Your Xeno Basher…
18:12Setting up The Coal Power Generators
20:35Setting up The Belts
23:19Coal Outpost Is Officially In Business!
27:19Recording The First Automated Tractor Route
32:31Testing The First Coal Route

Impressions from Episode 7 – Vehicles Are Key To Success

Originally I was hoping to turn my between episode efforts into a bonus episode, but after spending 3 hours just laying concrete it became quickly apparent that this content wasn’t ready for consumption. So it actually ended up being a good 5 hours or so of gameplay between sessions before I pressed record again. However, during that time I was able to set up the floors and walls of what will be a pretty large structure, and set up some of the low hanging fruit.

Because of my sudden increase in demand for concrete, the first thing I did was re-make my concrete chain. When I set up my first concrete chain I put it on a normal node, little did I know that 40 feet behind it was a pure concrete node just sitting there the entire time! So this time around I set up chains for both nodes for maximum concrete goodness. Once my concrete futures were secured, I moved on to copper.

My copper chain took considerably longer to construct. Initially I underestimated how few copper ingots were needed to produce wire. Eventually I realized that my first setup could only keep up with half of my ore production, so I scaled up and created a second floor to house another batch of constructors. After messing around with the belts a bit, I was able to funnel all of my components into a storage container.

Satisfied with my current automation, I shifted my focused to coal production. I initially toyed with the idea of building a giant belt that carries coal from the node found in the previous episode to the hub, but quickly realized how impractical that would be. I was aware that vehicle automation was a thing, but my previous experience with truck stations not working left me a bit hesistent.

Fortunately, after spending a few minutes tooling around with them without a camera pointed at me, I was able to figure out how they worked. Armed with that knowledge I brought a gaggle of resources back to the coal site, and set up an outpost.

Using a combination of coal burners, tractors, and conveyor belt Mk3s I was able to create a complete self sustaining coal outpost! To make things even better, I was also able to record a trucking path that ships coal between the hub and the outpost!

Not going to lie, now that I have tasted the sweet nectar of energy sourced from mining, I think it is time I updated the reset of my factories to take advantage of this wonderful and (technically) renewable energy source!

Lessons Learned

  1. Efficiency matters! One Pure node can produce quite a bit of material if you put a little extra time into making it more efficient.
  2. A little copper goes a long way… One pure copper node is enough to feed 12 constructors worth of wire using a Miner Mk2.
  3. Vehicles aren’t hard! Once the truck stations are powered and set up to load/unload, vehicles go from being a bit daunting to absolutely essential to the operation.
  4. Always re-equip your weapon when you are done chainsawing brush in the wild. You never know when the fluffy tailed hog will want to come out and play…

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I hope you enjoyed my content, and until next time… stay efficient everyone!

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