Evaluation of Resource Flexibility in Digital Factory Planning in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (English)

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For years, production companies have faced an increasingly complex and rapidly changing market, which also results in higher client customization. Their competitiveness is increasingly dependent on the identification of new customer and market demands and the ability to dynamically respond to these in a timely and adequate fashion. To ensure the long-term success of a business, the production especially must take an active role, which demands a constant adaptation or modification of existing plant structures, production resources and processes, in order to continue to meet the performance objectives of time, quality, costs and innovative competence. Manufacturing SMEs in particular have to react very flexibly to the ever-changing needs of their customers. For this reason, they must plan their factories from the start in such a way that uncertain, but significantly influential, factors can be buffered by the production structure. This calls for information technology tools, aligned with the SME's needs, that both virtually verify the layout of production stations, as well as analyse the existing flexibility and resource efficiency of systems which are to be planned, while taking into account product life-cycle-related aspects. The proposed paper deals with a software tool called FLEX-Plan, developed at the FZI Research Center for Information Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany. As opposed to the complex digital factory planning tools often used in industry, this allows SMEs to plan their factory structures, production resources and -processes in a much simpler way. Using their existing IT and CAD systems, SMEs can simulate their often two-dimensional plant factory layouts (e.g. machines and their configurations, material flows, storage and work areas etc.) within the geometric constraints of the building. Based on this, the resource information contained in the 2D CAD-factory models can be evaluated with regards to the existing manufacturing flexibility for different design alternatives. This is done to evaluate the existing potential for optimization and to determine the optimal configuration of resources.

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Research on Complex Product Assembly Process Planning and Manufacturing Simulation System Based on 3D-PLM
Jia, Xiaoliang / Tian, Fujun / Zhang, Zhenming | 2012
Application of Tabu Search with Carryover Sequence Dependency and External and Internal Setups Integration
Sabouni, M.T. Yazdani / Logndran, Rasaratnam | 2012
A Plug & Produce Approach to Design Robot Assistants in a Sustainable Manufacturing Environment
Plasch, Matthias / Pichler, Andreas / Bauer, Harald / Rooker, Martijn / Ebenhofer, Gerhard | 2012
Evaluation of Resource Flexibility in Digital Factory Planning in Small and Medium sized Enterprises
Alekandrov, Kiril / Wicaksono, Hendro / Rogalski, Sven | 2012
Effects of Cryogenic Cooling on the Surface Quality and Tool Wear in End-Milling 6061-T6 Aluminium
Dhokia, V. / Shokrani, A. / Paulino, D. Correa / Newman, S.T. | 2012
AIS based approach to resolve forward-reverse logistics multi-period model with vehicle routing
Kumar, V.N.S.A. / Kumar, V. / Brady, M. / Garza-Reyes, J.A. / Soriano-Meier, H. / Mishra, N. | 2012
The role of lean management principles in ERP implementation
Soriano-Meier, Horacio / Sengupta, Jaydeep / Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo / Kumar, Vikas | 2012
Application of Methods and Tools of Factory Planning to Photovoltaics Industry
Horbach, Sebastian / Schulze, Robin / Ackermann, Jörg / Schaarschmidt, Frank / Müller, Egon | 2012
A contribution to the development of a flexibility theory
Baum, Heiko / Schütze, Jens / Ganß, Martina / Ivanova, Ralica / Müller, Egon | 2012
Standardized Inquiry Processing in Customer-Specific Machinery and Plant Engineering
Müller, Egon / Riedel, Ralph / Wagner, Ulf / Arnold, Roman | 2012
Mixed-integer-based capacity planning improves the cycle time in a multistage scheduling system
Doleschal, Dirk / Lange, Jan / Weigert, Gerald | 2012
Developing an ISO 10303-AP 224 Feature Based Assistance System as an Approach to Semi-Automated Work Planning
Totzauer, S. / Hofmann, R. / Neugebauer, R. | 2012
Identifying and Responding to Energy Efficiency Improvement Opportunities in Factory Planning
Müller, Egon / Krones, Manuela / Hopf, Hendrik / Arndt, Romina / Strauch, Jörg | 2012
Reducing Cost of Poor Quality of Assemblies through Flexible Rework
Wan, Hung-da / Gabriel, Brice / Kuriger, Glenn / Chen, F. Frank | 2012
Adaptable and Reconfigurable LEAN Automation - a competitive solution in the western industry
Bilberg, A. / Hadar, R. | 2012
IN-DIVER - Integrated Distribution Planning using an inertial-based tracking system
Haid, Markus / Kamil, Mustafa / Chobtrong, Thitipun / Günes, Ersan / Münter, Moritz / Tutsch, Hansjoerg | 2012
A Two-Stage Optimization Model for Integrated Process Planning and Scheduling in Job Shop Manufacturing
Lemke, Sascha / Häckel, Sascha / Keidel, Jan | 2012
Simulation Analysis of Part Launch and Order Collection Decisions for a Flexible Manufacturing System
Wang, Yi-Chi / Chen, Toly / Pan, Hui-Chen / Chuang, Fu-Chun | 2012
A Simulation-Based Optimization Approach for Holonic Manufacturing Systems
Danielsson, Fredrik / Haijun, Xing / Svensson, Bo | 2012
Analysis of Correlation of Lean and Autonomous Production Processes
Theuer, Hanna | 2012
Research and development of smart grid energy balancing principles for a production system of a Siemens AG plant
Weinert, Nils / Rohrmus, Dominik / Sollacher, Rudolf | 2012
Reactive Algorithm for Mobile Robot Path Planning Among Moving Target/Obstacles by Means of Dynamic Virtual Obstacle Concept
Shebata, Hussein Hamdy / Schlattmann, Josef | 2012
Efficient Analysis of Production Processes with a Hybrid Simulation Environment
Lass, Sander / Gronau, Norbert | 2012
Business Partnerships based on Lean Manufacturing strategies for increasing SME's competitiveness
Lona, Luis Rocha / Ana, Teresa Ibarra-Santa / Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo / Soriano-Meier, Horacio | 2012
Increasing competitiveness in structural assembly by using friction spot welding
Hameister, H. / Wulfsberg, J.l. | 2012
Customer and Supplier Integration in Product Planning through Community-based Open Product Configuration Systems
Schubert, Viktor / Aleksandrov, Kiril / Krahtov, Konstantin | 2012
Simulation Study of a Throughput Time Reduction Strategy Dealing with Machine Failures
Zong, Helen / Sargin, Orhan Emir | 2012
Influencing the long-term workload of manufacturing resources within SME
Bauernhansl, Thomas / Kross, Philipp / Westkämper, Engelbert | 2012
System Platform Requirements for High Performance CNCs
Keinert, Matthias / Verl, Alexander | 2012
Systematic approach to adopt Lean Production System principles in product development
Dombrowski, Uwe / Ebentreich, David / Schmidtchen, Kai | 2012