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INCREASING PRODUCTION CAPACITY IN THE FURNITURE INDUSTRY, INTEGRATION GROUPTECHNOLOGY, CAD/CAM, AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING APPLICATIONS

Objective

An integrated system has been identified in an earlier BRITE project (P-1320) as a key element to improving efficiency in the furniture industry. The project is a continuation of this completed BRITE project.

It is the aim of the project to develop a Group Technology System, including a pre-production and detailed process planning system. Its is the intended to integrate the system with the CAD/CAM system and the MRP system of the participating companies.
A Group Technology System is being developed, including a preproduction and detailed process planning system, with the intention of integrating the system with the computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacture (CAM) system and the materials requirements planning (MRP) system of the participating companies. The system consists of a computer programme, which on the basis of the developed Group Technology classification can create detailed process plans for the components that require manufacturing. By using this computer programme, normally referred to as computer aided process planning (CAPP) system, a process plan database is built which can be used by the MPR system, the capacity and detailed planning system and the Shop Floor Control System (SFC). A software model developed which, by means of the Group Technology code and the established process plan database, will make it possible to simulate production cycles and replan where necessary. The development will comprise an adaption to an existing detailed planning system or an adaptation to an existing SFC system.
The system will consist of a computer programme, which on the basis of the developed Group Technology classification can create detailed process plans for the components that require manufacturing. By using this computer programme, normally referred to as Computer Aided Process Planning (CAPP) system, a process plan database is built which can be used by the MRP system, the capacity and detailed planning system and the Shop Floor Control System (SFC).

Furthermore, a software model will be developed which, by means of the Group Technology code and the established process plan database, will make it possible to simulate production cycles and re-plan where necessary the development will comprise an adaptation to an existing detailed planning system or an adaptation to an existing SFC system.

Coordinator

Danish Technological Institute
Address
Gregersensvej P.o. Box 141
2630 Taastrup
Denmark

Participants (3)

Furniture Industry Research Association
United Kingdom
Address
Maxwell Road
SG1 2EW Stevenage - Hertfordshire
HTH-Kokkener A/S
Denmark
Address
Industrivej 6
6870 Olgod
SM-Production A/S
Denmark
Address
Thyrasvej 12
6862 Tistrup