Logistic Pipes is a powerful mod that allows you to use smarter routing capabilities with Buildcraft pipes. To get started, youll need a few things: logistic power junction, basic logistic pipe, power source. The logistic power junction acts as a power converter for your logistic pipe network. It can accept most major mod power formats including mj, rf, and eu. In order to spread power throughout the network, you will need to place a basic logistic pipe adjacent to the junction. Its also important to note that in most applications, you will need at least a basic logistic pipe at every intersection.
Logistic pipes provides a variety of different pipes designed for a plethora of applications. These include: basic logistic pipe, provider pipe, supplier pipe, request pipe, remote request pipe and 5 tiers of chassis pipes.
The basic logistic pipe has all the functionality of a normal buildcraft pipe with the addition of a few features. It can be set as a default route, resulting in any unsorted item being routed to said pipe. It relays power through the logistic pipe network. It is also important at any intersection as it allows requests to be routed through it. If a basic pipe is not placed at every intersection, there is the possibility of items being spewed on the ground when they come through.
As the name suggests, this pipe supplies an adjacent inventory with a specified number of items. It can be configured by right-clicking it with a wrench and placing items in the 3×3 inventory box. The pipe will then do its best to make sure that it keeps those items stocked. The amount placed in the inventory GUI is the amount that it will stock. For example, if you wanted to keep 64 cacti in a chest, you need to drop 64 cacti in a slot. The items will not be consumed but the pipe will remember how many and what was placed inside it. The pipe can also be configured to determine when it will pull items. If set to FULL, it will only pull items if it can gather enough resources to fill the entire request. If set to PARTIAL, it will pull as many of an item as it can, continually requesting until it is able to meet its requirements.
Similar to the supplier pipe, this can be specified to pull specific items from a connected inventory. It can be configured by right-clicking with a wrench. If the GUI is left empty, anything in the adjacent inventory will be pulled out. If anything is placed in the Provide slots, only those items will be allowed to be pulled out when a request is received.
The request pipe allows you to request items to its location from any and all connected inventories. For example, you have two chests, one contains diamonds, the other contains iron. Both chests are out of reach but you can access the request pipe. When doing so, you will find that you can request both diamonds and iron to the request pipe. You only need to have a provider pipe connected to the chests. In order to keep items from spewing on the ground, it would be a good idea to place a chest adjacent to the pipe or be there to collect them immediately.
This is a very useful upgrade to the Request Pipe. With the use of a Remote Orderer, you can create requests from much further distances. The Remote Orderer is connected to the pipe with a simple right-click. From that point, it will be able to access all of the pipes connected inventories. Like the Request Pipe, when items are requested, they will flow to the pipe and spew onto the ground unless it is connected to a chest or otherwise collected manually. One of the best uses for the Remote Request Pipe is to place an ender chest on it. By carrying a corresponding ender pouch, you will have complete access to your connected inventories from almost anywhere as long as it is chunk loaded. Keep in mind though, that each time you access your logistics network with the Remote Orderer, it will use power to do so. The further away you are, the more power will be required. The range of your access is limited by the amount of power carried by the Logistics Power Junction. It may be possible to extend your range further by adding more power junctions (untested).
Chassis Pipes enable you to run multiple kinds of requests through a single pipe. They come in 5 different tiers that get progressively more expensive to craft at each higher tier. A Chassis Pipe functions much like a Basic Pipe unless you add modules to it. Modules dictate what the pipe can do. If you put in a Provider Module for instance, it would give the pipe the ability to provide items just like a Provider Pipe. The modules can be configured by clicking on the exclamation mark after opening the pipe GUI. The tier of a Chassis Pipe corresponds with the amount of modules it can carry. A Mk 1 pipe can carry 1 module. A Mk2 pipe can carry 2 modules and so on.