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Structural Planning

Structural Planning

The purpose of structural planning is to carry out a complete planning activity for the long-term design of an infrastructure, covering all effective systems and functional areas. It serves as decision support for the type, quantity and spatial arrangement of influencing factors and work systems. This includes, among other things, the sub-areas of infrastructure planning and material flow and layout planning.


Justine Broihan

MODELING AND PREDICTING THE THROUGHPUT OF STOCHASTIC FLOW LINES WITH LIMITED LOCAL BUFFER CAPACITY VIA ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS

Exemplary structure of the artificial neural network for the analysis of flow production systems

Flow production systems are often used to organize the production of large quantities of homogeneous goods. In flow production systems, different tasks are performed on the workpieces at serially arranged stations. In case of stochastic influences on the processing times at the stations, blocking or starving of parts of the system may be a common occurrence. Thus, to sustain the material flow, expensive buffers are set up between the stations. To find an efficient structure of the flow line, which minimises the costs while generating maximum throughput, fast evaluation procedures are needed. In this approach, we use artificial neural networks to predict the throughput of the overall system.