A stepwise implementation of the virtual factory in manufacturing industry
Paper i proceeding, 2019

A big challenge for manufacturers today is to create a flexible and efficient production system. One way of managing this challenge is to establish a virtual factory, a virtual model of the production unit. Working smarter by using the advantages that digitalization implies enables production of personalized products at increasing speed. This paper explores how to implement such a concept by stepwise increasing the maturity of the virtual factory. Evaluated at a large-scale Swedish manufacturer, local needs and enabling technologies benchmarked at industry leaders have been identified and strategically mapped to their corresponding maturity step. This paper shows that the implementation of a virtual factory relies on standardized work procedures, ensuring its use as a decision aid throughout the company. Implementing a virtual factory in this manner will facilitate user-driven development and more accurate decision making, generating support for efficient production systems.

Decision support systems

Decision making


Amanda Dalstam

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktionssystem

Marcus Engberg

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktionssystem

Daniel Nåfors

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktionssystem

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktionssystem

Anneli Sundblom

SKF Group

Proceedings - Winter Simulation Conference

08917736 (ISSN)

Vol. 2018-December 3229-3240 8632234

2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018
Gothenburg, Sweden,


Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Annan maskinteknik




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