Development of a model to determine the optimal level of detaill route sheets

Theme Production planning, Industry 4.0
Project title Development of a model to determine the optimal level of detaill route sheets (OptiPlan)
Project duration 01.04.2020 – 31.03.2022
Press release

The correct use of a route sheet can help companies to work more efficiently. In many manufacturing companies, non-value-adding activities such as information retrieval take a large part in internal tasks. To reduce these tasks, companies can use detailed route sheets. At the same time, however, a detailed route sheet also requires more time and effort in work preparation.

The aim of the research project therefore is to determine the optimal level of detail of route sheets in different production environments. Various influencing factors are relevant, such as the qualification of employees, the type of production or the machines used. The optimal level of detail of a route sheet is always located in an area of conflict between the effort involved in work preparation and the benefit in the execution of the work.

This research project is intended to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) decision support that enables them to determine the optimum level of detail for their route sheets and to minimize the overall effort. This saves time in production planning and control and at the same time ensures that sufficient information is available. Misunderstandings, ambiguous work instructions and queries can thus be avoided.

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In many companies, the demands placed on in-house processes is increasing in order to get the maximum benefit from available capacities. This includes, among other things, avoiding waste of internal capacity. With the optimization of route sheets by adapting the level of detail to the needs of production, a significant contribution can already be made during work preparation. Improving in the provision of information can have a positive impact on the efficiency of a company by reducing non-value-adding activities.

route sheets, work preparation, level of detail, provision of information, MES-implementation


The IGF project 21158 N / 1 of the research association BVL is 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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