Who benefits from my factory model as a Digital Twin?

Illustration Digital Twin effective use in factory planning

The term ‘digital twin’ is more often and often to be found in the ocean of terms and anglicisms in the field of planning and operation of factories. But which meaning has this term and which effects has this topic on your own enterprise? And what does it have to do with the benefits of … Read more

How important is lead time in factory planning?

Customer view of lead time, exemplified by the online ordering of a product

One concept that always comes up in factory or production planning is lead time. Especially in the context of operating cost calculations and process optimization along the value chain, lead times play a decisive role. But what exactly do we mean by lead time, and how significant is it really in the planning process? Definitions … Read more

Excel template for the utility analysis of layout variants

Planer nutzt Excel-Vorlage für eine Nutzwertanalyse von Layoutvarianten in der Fabrikplanung am PC

In our last article we presented the basic procedure for a utility value analysis to evaluate layout variants. Here we will now look at the practical implementation of this method with the help of a Excel template. To apply and calculate the utility value analysis, you either create your own spreadsheet or download an existing … Read more

Cost-utility analysis to evaluate layout variants

Planner compares two 3D layout variants of an assembly line and decides on the U-shape

The process of layout planning often produces several variants. This is mainly due to the fact that several, sometimes opposite target criteria must be taken into account. Another aggravating fact is that the decision-makers assume different perspectives when evaluating the layout variants which, in turn, aggravate an objective evaluation. This is often the beginning of … Read more