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Expecting the unexpected: a method and toolbox for adapting a plant’s production architecture to future needs

Velde, P. van der (2008) Expecting the unexpected: a method and toolbox for adapting a plant’s production architecture to future needs. Master's Thesis / Essay, Industrial Engineering and Management.

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Abstract

Imagine you are part of the management of a plant. Imagine the main competitor unexpectedly launches a new product, or….. imagine a sudden increase in demand. All changes in the environment of a plant require a reaction. A plant should always have the right properties to be able to supply the customers the products they demand, produce at the lowest costs possible and outplay the competition. As manager of a plant you can sit still and wait for the environment to change and look for last minute solutions to react to the changing requirements for the plant, or you can make sure you are prepared for what is coming. In order to make sure a plant is always prepared for changes in the environment, this research defined a method and toolbox which support the management of a plant in looking ahead at what changes in the environment might occur and how the plant’s architecture should be adapted to cope with these changes. By looking ahead at what changes might occur in the environment of the plant, the management can timely start looking for solutions and plan the required resources. The purpose of the method designed in this research is to guide a plant’s management to create a plan that defines all changes to the production architecture needed in the future. The toolbox helps the user of the toolbox to estimate the performance of the plant and to estimate what effect changes to the plants architecture have on the performance.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/8429

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