However, creating new layouts can be expensive and disruptive, especially when factories must shut down. When planning and making changes, it is therefore essential to get it right the first time.
Production engineers need to evaluate conventional layouts (such as product, process, and cellular or overlapping cellular layouts), versus functional layouts (all resources of the same type in one location), versus alternative concepts (such as distributed layouts with ‘virtual’ temporary cells) when considering flexible manufacturing scenarios.
Out of the box, the Production Layout Experience can be seamlessly integrated into existing business processes, using proven and robust XR technologies. Scenes can be preloaded with existing CAD or scanned factory data. Existing or new library components can be imported and repositioned using ‘grab and move’ capabilities and simple snap-to functionality for easy and accurate positioning.
Alternative scenarios can be rapidly explored to optimize layout (maximizing productivity and efficiency), understand potential clashes, evaluate ergonomic issues or access problems, and prepare infrastructure options. Promising outcomes can be saved for future review or cascade, or they can be exported to update source CAD data. Similarly, staff can learn and rehearse operation and handling of virtual lines, accelerating readiness and quality improvement.