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Production modules and modular reference architecture at machines manufacturer

Picanol is a manufacturer of production systems and services to the textile industry. The demand in the market of textile machines fluctuates very much. The machines are also subject to constant design changes. This demands great flexibility from the production sites.

The focus for the MPA-project (Modular Plant Architecture) is to obtain an organisation that is more flexible, both towards volume- and product changes. In workpackage 1, Picanol tries to find an optimal segmentation for changing, small series production. Workpackage 2 developes a scheduling and simulating tool to optimise the workflow within these segments.

Once this concept is developed and in use in our own manufacturing departments, it can be adapted for our customers to optimise their textile company.

At this moment we are integrating some machining centers into a module we developed with the MPA-methodology. We are in the fase of the fine planning and should go alive mid 2004.

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