Are you planning to expand production or build a new factory hall? Do you want to reassess established structures in your factory and manufacture your goods in an optimum way in the future?
How can factories be designed so that they can be adapted in line with major changes in requirements in the future without having to spend huge amounts of time or money? What degree of changeability do I need?
While flexibility refers to the ability of a production facility to react to fluctuations at short notice, the term changeability also refers to a structural change in the factory system whereby the entire flexibility range is shifted. As an extension to the VDI Guideline 5200 on factory planning, Fraunhofer IPA has developed a practical procedure for planning changeable factories:
A cost-benefit analysis clarifies the monetary and qualitative criteria of the decision-making process. Changeability is then validated in transformation scenarios. At the end of the project, you obtain reliable information about the degree of changeability you need for your factory that makes economic sense. Individual decisions concerning technologies and enterprise resources can thus be correctly evaluated in the overall context.