Integration of Engineering and Manufacturing Change Management: Infrastructure and Scenarios for Teaching and Demonstration

Eldar Shakirov, Felix J. Brandl, Harald Bauer, Niklas Kattner, Lucia Becerril, Clement Fortin, Udo Lindemann, Gunther Reinhart, Ighor Uzhinsky
2019 Procedia CIRP  
In today's business environment, the trend towards more product variety and customization is unbroken. Due to this development, the need of agile and reconfigurable production systems emerged to cope with various products and product families. To design and optimize production systems as well as to choose the optimal product matches, product analysis methods are needed. Indeed, most of the known methods aim to analyze a product or one product family on the physical level. Different product
more » ... ies, however, may differ largely in terms of the number and nature of components. This fact impedes an efficient comparison and choice of appropriate product family combinations for the production system. A new methodology is proposed to analyze existing products in view of their functional and physical architecture. The aim is to cluster these products in new assembly oriented product families for the optimization of existing assembly lines and the creation of future reconfigurable assembly systems. Based on Datum Flow Chain, the physical structure of the products is analyzed. Functional subassemblies are identified, and a functional analysis is performed. Moreover, a hybrid functional and physical architecture graph (HyFPAG) is the output which depicts the similarity between product families by providing design support to both, production system planners and product designers. An illustrative example of a nail-clipper is used to explain the proposed methodology. An industrial case study on two product families of steering columns of thyssenkrupp Presta France is then carried out to give a first industrial evaluation of the proposed approach. Abstract Manufacturing companies nowadays face difficulties due to inefficient change management in domains as engineering, manufacturing, logistics, etc. Even though there are powerful software solutions and process-based methods available, it is uncertain how to efficiently react in an integrated manner to interdisciplinary changes. Whereas learning factories show great results for manufacturing education, change management is still uninvestigated in this context. Therefore, this work presents the basic infrastructure and use case for a demonstration and teaching environment that is currently being developed at Skoltech in collaboration with TUM. The results are derived from an integrated process for engineering and manufacturing change management. Abstract Manufacturing companies nowadays face difficulties due to inefficient change management in domains as engineering, manufacturing, logistics, etc. Even though there are powerful software solutions and process-based methods available, it is uncertain how to efficiently react in an integrated manner to interdisciplinary changes. Whereas learning factories show great results for manufacturing education, change management is still uninvestigated in this context. Therefore, this work presents the basic infrastructure and use case for a demonstration and teaching environment that is currently being developed at Skoltech in collaboration with TUM. The results are derived from an integrated process for engineering and manufacturing change management.
doi:10.1016/j.procir.2019.03.151 fatcat:g4gwopclozf6bkbxbpawcbo644