Portable Transporter

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Portable Transporter
Enables automatic transfer of inventory directly between any adjacent Buildings or Units
Lua ID c_portablecrane
Size Internal
Range 1 tiles

The Portable Transporter is an Internal-sized component. It allows units to automatically transfer items to and from adjacent inventories.

Portable Transporters have a range of one space around the equipping unit. Other units within that space can have their Logistics Network orders fulfilled by the Transporter-equipped unit, provided both the provider and requester are within the Transporter's work area.

Placing a Portable Transporter on a building allows it to move items to and from adjacent buildings, units and empty spaces. Because larger buildings have larger perimeters, players can create compact, automated factories by surrounding a larger "hub" building with many smaller buildings.

Combined with use of behaviors and register links, the Portable Transporter can be one of the most influential components in a player's base.

Circuit Board Wire Portable Transporter
Circuit Board 5 Wire 1 Arrow Right Portable Transporter
Produced by
Assembler Time
10 seconds
Required Technology
Nanobots Nanobots


Transporters are capable of one "pick up" or "drop off" action per tick (5 ticks = 1 second). So if the transporter isn't the source or the destination it will generally fulfill each order in 2 ticks (one to pick up and one to drop off), and throughput will depend on the size of the order being satisfied. Production components will generally request less than a full stack, the storage register will generally move 1 stack per order, and behaviors can move arbitrary numbers of items up to the size of the frame the transporter is on.

  • A transporter always takes the item into its own inventory before moving it to the destination, and it won't work if it can't.
  • Despite being "portable" this component doesn't have any real use on bots, given they can already move items around adjacent units.
  • Using a building with a larger footprint (e.g. 2x1 or 2x2) can increase the component's reach
  • A building with two transporters won't move items faster than a building with one transporter. However two buildings with one transporter each can move up to twice as many items as one building with one transporter