Engineering and Production Management

Factory Planning Project

Project thesis, 4.00 ECTS


Course content

• Planning categories and principles, planning phases within factory planning projects
• Evaluation and selection of production facilities taking into account product quality, batch size and company structure
• Methods for optimizing layout, material and information flow of modern production plants
• Use of tools for digital factory planning
• Use of process simulation tools for digital factory planning
• Development of a specific application scenario based on a specific task

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students are able to:

• Apply methods for layout and process planning of production processes efficiently in the context of a specific task
• Develop concepts for process-optimized factories
• Incorporate expectations of stakeholders, involved in logistics and manufacturing processes, into one’s own planning activities
• Analyze networked material flows at existing factories and develop an optimized concept of it
• Plan and optimize production layouts based on a previous, individually established analysis of production processes
• Understand the relationships of factory planning with the concepts of Industry 4.0 and consider them in factory planning concepts
• Use process simulation tools efficiently for digital factory planning

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Lecture notes; handouts; M. Schenk, S. Wirth, E. Müller: Fabrikplanung und Fabrikbetrieb: Methoden für die wandlungsfähige, vernetzte und ressourceneffiziente Fabrik; U. Dombrowski, T. Mielke: Ganzheitliche Produktionssysteme; R. Schmidt: Produktionsanlagen perfekt planen und beschaffen: Praxisorientierte Methoden und Techniken, untermauert mit einem Beispiel; C.-G. Grundig: Fabrikplanung: Planungssystematik - Methoden - Anwendungen; H.-P. Wiendahl, J. Reichardt, P. Nyhuis: Handbuch Fabrikplanung: Konzept, Gestaltung und Umsetzung wandlungsfähiger Produktionsstätten; G. Pawellek: Ganzheitliche Fabrikplanung: Grundlagen, Vorgehensweise, EDV-Unterstützung; B. Leyendecker, P. Pötters: Shopfloor Management: Führen am Ort des Geschehens; L. Morar, E. Westkämper: Planning and operation of production systems; T. Bauernhansl: Fabrikbetriebslehre 1 und 2;

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

Advanced Production Technologies, Advanced Materials, Factory Planning and Simulation, Advanced Assembly Technologies

Assessment methods and criteria

Project works