Both, the IFA – Institute of Production Systems and Logistics and the IPH – Institute of Integrated Production Hannover, have many years of experience in the field of factory planning. Within their research projects, the engineers work on topics like energy efficieny, adaptability and process optimization.
To constantly improve factory planning processes, IPH and IFA not only offer seminars on factory planning. The experts also provide support for companies that want to restructure an existing factory or plan a new building. Current customers include Sartorius AG, Weserland GmbH and Benecke-Kaliko AG.
Research projects of the IPH
- Factory planning Development of a method for the optimal planning of the relocation of factory objects in the course of the realisation of a new factory layout (OptiFaU) 01/2021 – 12/2022 | AiF/BVL
- Factory planning, Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0, Automation Autonomous drone flight in a production environment for logistical Process support (Autodrohne in der Produktion) 10/2020 – 09/2022 | AiF/IFL
- Factory planning, Industry 4.0 Automated creation of optimized conveyor system layouts for modular conveyor systems (OptiLay) 04/2020 – 03/2022 | AiF/BVL
Research projects of the IFA
- Decision support for SMEs to optimally design a production system in the face of volatile demands (GeProMe) 02/2016 – 03/2018 | AiF/BVL
- Qualification and implementation strategies for Industry 4.0 (INTRO 4.0) 01/2016 – 12/2018 | BMBF
- Integrative logistics model for linking planning and control tasks with logistical variables along the company's internal supply chain (HaLiMo) 11/2014 – 06/2017 | DFG
Publications by the IPH
Factory planning is an important tool for
manufacturing companies to raise their efficiency and to
maintain their competitiveness by changing market or
customer requirements. A special challenge is the acquisition
of layout data and the processing of this data in suitable
planning tools. Current approaches still measure manually
or have to transfer acquired data from laser scanners by
hand into planning tools, which leads to a high effort and
This paper presents a holistic concept for automated
and systematic data acquisition and processing for factory
3D factory planning, automated drone flight, point cloud processing, 3D layout scan
If companies select a suitable transport system already during the factory planning stage, they can avoid subsequent adjustments and save a lot of time and costs. The IPH is developing a software demonstrator for automated layout and transport system planning.
factory planning, fuzzy logic, transport selection, routing
The selection of storage, commissioning and transport systems (sct systems) is very complex due to the large number of available systems on the market and influencing factors. One important influencing factor is automation. To classify the degrees of automation of sct systems and to determine the individually required automation a method is proposed below.
automation, storage, commissioning and transport systems
Publications by the IFA
This handbook introduces a methodical approach and pragmatic concept for the planning and design of changeable factories that act in strategic alliances to supply the ever-changing needs of the global market.
In the first part, the change drivers of manufacturing enterprises and the resulting new challenges are considered in detail with focus on an appropriate change potential.
The second part concerns the design of the production facilities and systems on the factory levels work place, section, building and site under functional, organisational, architectural and strategic aspects keeping in mind the environmental, health and safety aspects including corporate social responsibility.
The third part is dedicated to the planning and design method that is based on a synergetic interaction of process and space. The accompanying project management of the planning and construction phase and the facility management for the effective utilization of the built premises close the book.
factory planning, factory building, logistics
This book comprehensively encapsulates for the first time the fundamentals of modeling Logistic Operating Curves for production and storage processes including how they can be derived and calculated based on standard operating data. Logistic Operating Curves solve the dilemma between conflicting logistic targets and open up the frequently hidden potential of the throughput time and WIP without requiring excessive restructuring or capital expenditures. Based on this knowledge a variety of useful tools and practical applications are presented and discussed. Finally using the Excel-based programs provided on the accompanying CD-ROM, the reader can then calculate various Production, Storage and Scheduling Operating Curves using their own data.
production process, storage process, logistics
Flexibility and changeability are key enablers for meeting the challenges of a global market. The paper first describes the main change drivers and takes then a deeper look at how changeability in a previous manufacturing enterprise can be classified and operationalized. The next sections are devoted to changeability in reconfigurable previous manufacturing systems, assembly systems and factories including buildings and infrastructure. New challenges, perspectives and approaches for process plan reconfiguration as well as for Production Planning and Control are discussed. Finally, the evaluation and economic justification of changeability are addressed and a control loop of changeability is presented.
adaptability, plant planning, production control
Consulting on factory planning projects
You need support concerning the planning or restructuring of your factory? You want to increase the efficiency of your company and the material flow or shorten processing times? Whether you want to build a new factory or reorganize your existant production facility – we are happy to assist you in any project. Please feel free to contact us!