Expertise

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

Research projects of the IFA

Publications by the IPH

Abstract: For factory planning projects the layout capturing and layout processing process need a huge amount of effort, because they are typically done by hand. These processes could be accelerated and optimized by using a drone and automated analysis algorithms. Furthermore, this article shows a way to raise the digitization level for industrial processes. The key aspect lies on the usage of a drone in indoor environment and the processing of three-dimensional point cloud models for factory planning processes.

drone, factory planning, 3D-factory layout, object recognition

Structured factory planning is a key to ensure the competitiveness concerning to the increasing pressure from globalization and the high market dynamic. Companies though avoid to do factory planning projects, because of the high effort. For this reason, the processes of factory layout capture and factory layout assessment are in need of improvement in order to increase the efficiency, which will be achieved through new technologies and a semi automation of the processes.

factory planning, drone, photgrammetry, laserscan, image data processing

Future factory planning projects are much easier and cheaper than today. With a drone it es possible to scan a factory layout during the flight in a short time. To achieve this benefits, researchers of the IPH are developing a new factory planning method.

drone, threedimensional factory layout, object recognition in point clouds, factory planning

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!