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How to implement the digital factory: A practical guideline describing the state of the art in automotive, aerospace and manufacturing

: Graupner, T.-D.

Oregon State University, Corvallis/Or.; Boeing, Seattle/Wash.; National Institute of Standards and Technology -NIST-:
DET 2004. Proceedings of the 2nd International Seminar in Digital Enterprise Technology : September 13-15, 2004 , Seattle, Washington USA
Seattle, Wash., 2004
International Seminar in Digital Enterprise Technology (DET) <2, 2004, Seattle/Wash.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
digital factory; digitale Fabrik; digital manufacturing; digitale Fertigung; Enterprise planning; manufacturing engineering; production engineering; Fertigungsplanung

In view of ever shorter product life cycles and turbulent markets, it is essential to apply new production concepts and methods. Only thus is it possible to keep up with an ever-increasing demand for faster "time-to-market". The Digital Factory is a promising approach offering help through new methods and tools.
A key factor of success for the introduction of the Digital Factory is to communicate its implementation as a strategic business goal and ensure its acceptance, to provide for the complete integration of data and to let the roll-out go hand in hand with the standardization of the planning processes.
The wealth of existing IT tools might obscure the fact that the central factor is and remains man and his own way of planning and designing things. Man and his approach to planning have an important impact on the planning time and planning quality, whereas, tools are only supporting this process.