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Multidimensional evaluation of the changeability of interlinked production processes with material flow simulation

Albrecht, Florian and Faatz, Laura and Abele, Eberhard (2013):
Multidimensional evaluation of the changeability of interlinked production processes with material flow simulation.
In: Forty Sixth CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems 2013, pp. 139-144, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

The increasing length and interconnectedness of process chains caused by a rising product complexity forces companies to operate in an environment with a growing number of change drivers interfering in their day-to-day business. These new business conditions characterized by a rising intensity and multidimensionality of changes do not allow covering all potential developments by the flexibility of the production economically. This circumstance requires new approaches for process planning and investment decisions for companies. This article introduces an integrated planning approach to evaluate the changeability of interlinked production processes ex ante using material flow simulation and scenario analysis. Based on the results process chains can be configured robust to future requirements, because changeability enablers for a quick and efficient adoption can be installed systematically. A major advantage of simulating multiple stages of a production process is not only that the changeability of single processes is evaluated, but also the interdependencies within the entire process chain are considered in the evaluation and the configuration of improved processes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2013
Creators: Albrecht, Florian and Faatz, Laura and Abele, Eberhard
Title: Multidimensional evaluation of the changeability of interlinked production processes with material flow simulation
Language: English
Abstract:

The increasing length and interconnectedness of process chains caused by a rising product complexity forces companies to operate in an environment with a growing number of change drivers interfering in their day-to-day business. These new business conditions characterized by a rising intensity and multidimensionality of changes do not allow covering all potential developments by the flexibility of the production economically. This circumstance requires new approaches for process planning and investment decisions for companies. This article introduces an integrated planning approach to evaluate the changeability of interlinked production processes ex ante using material flow simulation and scenario analysis. Based on the results process chains can be configured robust to future requirements, because changeability enablers for a quick and efficient adoption can be installed systematically. A major advantage of simulating multiple stages of a production process is not only that the changeability of single processes is evaluated, but also the interdependencies within the entire process chain are considered in the evaluation and the configuration of improved processes.

Uncontrolled Keywords: manufacturing; production system; changeability; material flow simulation; changeable production systems; process planning
Divisions: 16 Department of Mechanical Engineering > Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW)
16 Department of Mechanical Engineering
Event Title: Forty Sixth CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems 2013, pp. 139-144
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 11:02
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