Framework to develop and evaluate process chains for resource efficiency

Oettel, M. K. ; Van Der Schyff, H. ; Bezuidenhout, M. B. ; Oosthuizen, G. A. (2016)

CITATION: Oettel, M. K., et al. 2016. Framework to develop and evaluate process chains for resource efficiency. In Competitive Manufacturing, International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing (COMA '16), 27-29 January 2016, Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

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Continuous development of new, and the improvement of existing products yields a vast collection of concepts and prototypes. Such products do not yet necessarily have established process chains. An area therefore exists for the development of novel manufacturing process chains towards the production of such products. In order to select a process chain most suited to the user’s needs, it should be evaluated with regards to the design space in which it is applied. This paper presents a framework to create and evaluate resource efficient process chains, with an application example in the context of integrated medical implants. To realize this aim, a guideline was developed to lead the user through the entire thinking process for process chain evaluation. An empty template provides the user with creative freedom to apply the included methods for idea generation. After creating process chain variations, an assessment of each is executed. An evaluation score ranks the process chains in order of suitability for its specific purpose.

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