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Flexibility Measurement in Production Systems: Handling Uncertainties in Industrial Production / Edition 1

Flexibility Measurement in Production Systems: Handling Uncertainties in Industrial Production / Edition 1

by Sven RogalskiSven Rogalski


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The requirements for production systems are constantly changing as a result of changing competitive conditions. This poses a challenge for manufacturers in the various branches of industry and creates an ever-increasing need for flexibility.

With this as a background, this book explores the current developments and trends as well as their impact on today’s production systems. It also compares known strategies, concepts and methods used to achieve production flexibility. Similarly, the practical knowledge and current research will be drawn upon and subjected to a sound scientific analysis, through which the technical and organizational flexibility ranges can be measured in their application in a production system. The convenience and usefulness of this concept for manufacturers is substantiated by its implementation in a software tool called ecoFLEX and its practical application, based on extensive examples. This illustrates how flexibility flaws can be quickly identified, classified and properly disposed of using ecoFLEX. This tool helps to close the gap between ERP / PPS systems and digital factory planning tools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783642181160
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 05/20/2011
Edition description: 2011
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

After a 3.5-year technical vocational training followed by 4 years of self-employment in the computer education field, Sven Rogalski studied commercial information technology (Wirtschaftsinformatik) at Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. In January 2006 he started working as a scientific researcher in the department Process and Data Management in Engineering (PDE) at FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik in Karlsruhe, Germany. Since then, he has worked in various industrial research projects. In March 2009 Sven Rogalski was appointed head of PDE department. Two months later, at the University of Karlsruhe, he successfully finished his PhD by evaluating production systems. In the same year he took over research field “Production and Logistics” at FZI.

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Analysis of the field of observation.- Introduction of a new Evaluation Methodology .- Practical Experience in the new Methodology.- Summary and Outlook.- References.- Appendix A Basic Knowledge.- Appendix B Additional Methods for Calculating of Flexibility.- Appendix C Demonstration of Further Aspects Regarding the Evaluation Methodology.- Appendix D Example of a Production System (for Illustrating Flexibility Calculations).- Appendix E Calculation Parameters of the Expansion Activities from the Example Production System.

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