Factory Planning, Node Design
Each node in a supply network has its own characteristics. Node Design is about designing the internal structure of a node. If the node is a factory, then node design is equal to factory layout and factory plannning. Node design determines the internal structure of a node such that it performs its function within the supply network with maximum efficiency.
Typical problems of node design in a factory are
- layout planning,
- assembly line balancing,
- flow line buffer optimization, and
- design of a flexible manufacturing system (FMS) .
In practice there is only limited use of mathematical planning models and software. In many cases only simulation is applied. Only for special cases software is available.
|More about Assembly Line Balancing is available here.|
|POM Flowline Optimizer - A software system for the design of flow lines with limited buffers. Read more ....|