Quantitative multidimensional ad hoc factory evaluation by mathematical modeling of factory planning relevant characteristics

Project title Quantitative multidimensional ad hoc factory evaluation by mathematical modeling of factory planning relevant characteristics (QuaMFaB)
Project duration 01.05.2015 – 31.03.2017
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At the moment there are no suitable methods to evaluate layout variants within the factory planning process in an effortless, quantitative and multidimensional way. In this context the objective of the research project is the development of a quantitative and multidimensional ad hoc layout evaluation. This evaluation will be based on elementary cells that are used as intelligent workspace for modeling different layout versions. Based on the characteristics of the elementary cells the effect of differently arranged structural units or different layout versions should be evaluated using suitable mathematical modeling. In future companies will be able to perform a multidimensional and quantitative layout evaluation relatively easy and economical. Especially small and medium-sized companies, that don’t have the possibility to use expensive and time consuming evaluation methods such as material flow simulation but can‘t go without an objective decision-making process, will benefit.

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  • 09.06.2016
  • IPH – Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover gGmbH, Hollerithallee 6, 30419 Hannover
  • 18.11.2015
  • IPH – Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover gGmbH, Hollerithallee 6, 30419 Hannover; Konferenzraum

Publications about the project

Researchers at the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) have developed a software programme for an objective evaluation of factory layouts. With this tool, you can select your optimum layout numerically instead of following your gut instincts.

factory planning, layout evaluation, optimization procedures

Evaluation of factory layouts can currently be carried out by experts or by means of simulation models. The review by an expert can be carried out quickly and with little effort, but the assessment is only qualitative and subjective in nature. A quantitative, objective evaluation is possible by simulation models. However, these are more expensive and time-consuming than the expert review. For small and medium enterprises (SMEs) simulation models are often too great a financial or capacitive load. To fill this gap, a research project enables a low-maintenance quantitative and therefore objective evaluation of factory layouts. The basis for this are the appropriate modeling of the factory layout and the calculation rules, which will be presented by two examples..

factory evaluation, factory planning, layout review

A factory planning is currently being assessed either at low cost and qualitatively by experts or quantitatively by a simulation model. A review by simulation model is both more costly and time-consuming and a big burden for small and medium enterprises. This article describes the procedure of a research project and the selection of evaluation fields that will in future allow a low-maintenance and at the same time quantitative factory evaluation.

factory planning, quantitative factory evaluation, simulation model

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The IGF project 18111 N of the research association BVL was funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in the programme of Industrial Collective Research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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