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

In this paper, a new solution for the facility layout problem is presented. The approach was integrated into a planning software. The aim of the MeFaP research project was mainly the development of a user-friendly decision support regarding the facility layout problem for small and medium-sized companies. Therefore, a realistic modelling of the planning problem was focused on. Thus, a path planning with area allocation was integrated, for example. The metaheuristic Tabu Search was selected as a solution approach. To ensure an efficient optimisation, the optimisation is performed in two steps, once without and then with route planning. The experiments were performed with the objectives material flow distance, temperature and cleanliness, which are briefly described. The results of the experiments were compared with current solution approaches.

facility layout problem, factory planning, multi-criteria, metaheuristic, tabu search, software

Planning a factory is a major challenge, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturing companies that have little experience. We explain how factory planning projects work and which digital tools simplify and accelerate planning.

factory planning, analysis, structural planning, dimensioning, warehouse planning, layout evaluation

In Germany, demand for commercial drones is forecast to increase by 200% by 2025. As the use of drones increases, so does the danger they pose. This article describes a research project that aims to develop an acoustic operational monitoring system to improve the safety of critical components.

UAS, drones, operational monitoring

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!