Simulation in hybrid digital twins for factory layout planning
Paper in proceedings, 2020

As manufacturing companies make changes to their production system, changes to the factory layout usually follow. The layout of a factory considers the positioning of all elements in the production system, and can contribute to the overall efficiency of operations and the work environment. The process of planning factory layouts affects both installation of the changes and operation of the production system, so the effects can be utilized for a long period of time. By combining 3D laser scanning, Virtual Reality, CAD models, and simulation modelling in a hybrid digital twin, this planning process can be noticeably improved yielding benefits in all phases. This is exemplified via a novel longitudinal industrial study using participant observation to gather data. Findings from the study show that the factory layout planning process can be innovated by smart use of modern digital technologies, resulting in better solution and more informed decisions with reduced risk.


Daniel Nåfors

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Sven Erixon

Plastal Industri AB

Per Gullander

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Proceedings of the 2020 Winter Simulation Conference


Digital tvilling för utveckling och installation av produktionssystem - DIP

VINNOVA, 2018-11-01 -- 2021-10-31.

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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Transport Systems and Logistics

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

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