What is a digital factory and digital factory planning?
What are the goals of digital factory planning?
The focus of digital factory planning is on the use of digital methods and tools for the three-dimensional visualization of manufacturing processes. The goal is digital and holistic factory planning. This includes, among other things, the digital planning of material flows, workflows, logistics processes as well as personnel and resources. To verify the planning, processes are simulated (material flow simulation, route simulation) and displayed in 3D. This complex planning process and the simulation are mostly software-supported.
Do you not have a uniform data basis for thorough evaluation? Do you not yet plan your factory processes in a standard way or would you like to improve the productivity of your factory in a holistic way? Not sure how?
Why is digital factory planning so important?
More and more production companies are faced with the challenge of having to meet individual customer requirements. Digital factory planning enables cost-efficient implementation of batch size 1. Holistic planning and visualization of production processes are the key to success.
Reasons for digital factory planning
Batch size 1
Increasingly individual and complex products in ever smaller quantities pose new challenges for the manufacturing industry.
Collaboration across departments
Complex topics in particular require a lot of time. Good interdepartmental communication and networking is essential to avoid misunderstandings.
Cost and time pressure
Due to high cost and time pressure, smooth and flexible workflows are an absolute must.
Currently, the effects of digital transformation are being felt in all areas of the value chain.
Approach: 5 steps to a digital factory
1. Data management
All data relevant for the planning process from layout planning and production processes are merged.
2. Creation of the digital twin
A digital image of the real factory is created.
3. First analysis of production processes
The production processes are analyzed in the digital twin and subjected to an initial assessment. Major sources of error are eliminated.
4. Simulation of different scenarios
In the digital twin, different scenarios are created, simulated in real time and compared with each other or with the current state. In this way, you improve the planning quality in your production facility.
5. Continuous Optimization
All processes, structures and resource usage as well as flows of goods are continuously optimized. This increases productivity and efficiency in factory operations.
What are the benefits of software-supported digital factory planning?
With software support, you can compare different scenarios and dynamically react to changes.
Simple and secure planning
Reduce the complexity of the planning process with data models, simplifying cross-departmental collaboration.
3D visualization and simulation
Intelligent software enables you to plan reliably through simulation and 3D visualization. Planning errors are therefore a thing of the past.
Everything in one tool
A unified tool brings together different expert areas and eliminates the confusing flood of documents from Excel pivot tables and CAD tools. For better protection with less effort.