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A process module based methodology for business process engineering and synchronization

: Seidel, K.-A.; Richter, M.; Bullinger, H.-J.

Hanus, D.:
ICPR 2001, 16th International Conference on Production Research. CD-ROM : 29 July - 3 August 2001, Prague, Czech Republic
Prag, 2001
ISBN: 80-02-01438-3
Kap. F 7.3, 7 S.
International Conference on Production Research (ICPR) <16, 2001, Prag>
Fraunhofer IAO ()

The Business Processes of Development and Production of series products have been continuously optimized during the last years. The methods of Simultaneous and Concurrent Engineering tried to integrate the downstream production planning into the trend-Setting development process. To support this integration, approaches of Process Modeling and Business Process Reengineering are applied for analyzing and evaluating existing business processes in an enterprise. In order to secure a reliable and well synchronized business process flow, the following definition and optimization of business processes has to be implemented by experts having acquired experiences in development and production. Many Business Process Reengineering Projects have failed, because the usually applied top-down approach did not succeed in defining practicable process models and therefore was not accepted by the operative people. At Fraunhofer-Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) a top-down / bottom-up methodology has been developed for the definition of company and project specific business processes, which is supported by a module based expert system. By using adaptable process modules, it is possible to create consistent process models dependent on registered boundary conditions is possible.
The system itself consists in an extendable database of process modules built up on the analysis of various business processes of enterprises in the same trade, a systematical form of visualization of the points of synchronization between the phases of development and production planning and a fuzzy logic supported decision tool for selection and combination of the modules.
The functionality of the system is demonstrated by the case of serial development and preparation of production of electronic systems in the automotive industry with a special regard to the integration of suppliers as an important factor.