Configuration of lean methods for company-specific production systems for the production of large-scale products

Theme XXL products
Project title Configuration of lean methods for company-specific production systems for the production of large-scale products (ProSys-XXL)
Project duration 01.07.2010 – 30.06.2012
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The aim of this research project is to develop a procedure for configuring an individual company production system for the production of XXL goods. In this project the categories company's objectives (e.g. logistics services), requirements in the production of XXL products and applied methods of existing production systems will be recorded systematically. In the second step the allocation of existing methods to the company's objectives in the production of XXL products takes place. For special processes of the order processing – for example the inclusion of other companies – methods, such as Kanban, are adapted and further developed. The configuration of a production system with methods for the production of XXL products as well as the practical validation of the results in Lower Saxon companies is the third sub-goal of the research project.

Publications about the project

The range of structure sizes for industrial products produced today is increasingly expanding. This trend is evident in both small-scale (e.g. semiconductor applications) and large-scale (e.g. wind turbine rotors) products. While definitions already exist for smaller scale device structures, the conceptual distinction between conventional large products and large scale products is currently insufficient. In this study, we present a potential basis for the definition of large scale products. To achieve this, we derive hypotheses and examine these in the context of an empirical study using the examples of several sample products. It is shown that the transition from conventional products to large scale products is characterized by a disproportionate increase in product costs due to the augmentation of a characteristic product feature. Eventually we derive a proposed definition which characterizes large scale products in the field of production engineering.

xxl-product, large-scale, xxl, definition

This paper discusses the different characteristics used to describe XXL-Products and, furthermore represents fundamental aspects concerning the construction (eg. principles, methods) of production systems. A survey of experts at XXL-Producers is used to identify the most commonly used production systems. The article demonstrates the survey results and finally concludes with an outlook on further actions.

lean-production-methods, production system, xxl-products

This paper discusses the different characteristics used to describe XXL-products and, furthermore, presents fundamental aspects concerning the construction (e.g. principles, methods) of production systems. A survey of experts at XXL-producers is used to identify the most commonly implemented Lean-Production-Methods of production systems. The article presents the survey results and finally concludes with an outlook on further steps.

customizing, erp, potential savings, enterprise resource planning, individual adjustment, cost-benef

Sponsor

The project no. 11.2-76221-99-2/10 was part of the joint research project Innovations for the manufacturing of large scale products funded by the Ministry for the Economy, Labour and Transport of Lower Saxony and the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony.

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