Digital factory of the future

A picture says more than a 1000 words


A production line is a systemic approach and arragement of machines, tools, robots, operators that collaboratively perform specific tasks in order to manufacture a product. To define what is needed on all parts the following key steps need to taken;

  • Product design and conceptualization
  • Product tolerances vs. process requirements
  • Process Planning
  • Layout and facilities design
  • Cycle time analysis
  • Equipment specification list
  • Quality controls and monitoring requirements
  • Bill of Materials
  • Evaluation of OEE

Establishing a production lines requires a holistic approach that integrates product design, process design, planning, technologies and human factors into an efficient and reliable manufacturing process.


Manufacturing solutions for the future

Apart from the products which are being manufactured, the manufacturing concept should also be durable for the future. As markets change and product ranges and technologies are evolving as well. Production volumes and number of types of each product range might change over time. Where a manufacturing facility is depreciated over many years, more flexible solutions can support a resilient manufacturing setup that will grow with an evolving market and/or product.

Being able to exchange, extent, duplicate stations/lines and intersect new stations will enable our customer to introduce new products or increase production volumes with a smaller impact because of the foresight which has been incorporated at the start of developing the manufacturing concept.

VDL Steelweld supports this challenge by being a conversation partner in the early stages to help shape the manufacturing and product landscape enabling the right manufacturing setup for your business environment.

Added Value

  • Virtual representation and animation of the production line

  • Understanding of operator and robot work envelopes

  • Possible to run multipe scenarios before the physical design work starts

  • Creates understanding among persons further away from the actual product/project/production