You will need another application to create the 3D models of your buildings and equipment. There are some popular (and free) tools for doing that.
iClone 6 will do a fine job of creating the animation. (Get the "Pro" version, I don't recommend the basic version to anyone. You can also do a 30-day trial.)
My big question would be, "How much detail do you need? What quality?"
If the purpose is "technical communication" you don't need movie-quality results. If you want to show photo-realistic renderings to a client (like an architect might do), you could still set up your scene in iClone and then use the Indigo plug-in for more refined rendering capabilities.
Your biggest hurdle may well be the number of custom objects you need to create. In particular, if you want high-quality renderings, you'll need high-quality props with good textures, and that gets expensive (in time and/or money).
iClone 7... Character Creator... Substance Designer/Painter... Blender... Audacity...
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