I’m still setting up my first PP installation, and I’m wondering whether I need to run my extractors constantly. Right now, I’d rather run factories so they can “catch up” with the large volume of raw materials I’ve collected. Just from trial and error, I think this works – I can just not “install” the extractor program and the factories still seem to draw from storage, produce, and send refined products to storage. Is that right?
Conversely, can factories be paused? For example, suppose I want to run my T2 factories for a while and let my T1 factories idle, to save power so that I can build an extra T2 factory. Can I do that?
Finally, I watched a video that implied that processed materials take up less space per unit than raw materials. But on my gas planet, the reverse seems true. The raw materials take up less space than the refined ones. Maybe it varies, depending on the resource?
Thanks in advance!