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Analysis of Digitization and Automation in Manufacturing and Logistics Utilizing an Enhanced Smart Factory Assessment

Markus P. Roessler and Mehdiyar Haschemi
Siemens Healthineers AG, Erlangen, Germany

Abstract—An effective improvement of production and logistics systems directing towards the so called Smart Factory initially requires a structured capturing approach which comprises an evaluation of the current state regarding Lean and Digital Manufacturing excellence. Such an integral consideration of systems makes target conflicts transparent and allows deriving optimal decisions towards the future of production and logistics. Against this background the Smart Factory Assessment (SFA) was developed, applied and validated already at more than a dozen of manufacturing sites around the globe. This paper shows and discusses methodology, practical application and findings regarding its enhancement. A special focus is set here on the assessment of digitization and automation maturity in manufacturing and logistics through process landscaping. The developed expert assessment consisting of twelve categories enables the definition of concrete transformation paths directing to Lean and Digital Manufacturing excellences, paving the way towards Smart Manufacturing.

Index Terms—automation, digitization, holistic production system, industry 4.0, integration, lean production, smart manufacturing

Cite: Markus P. Roessler and Mehdiyar Haschemi, "Analysis of Digitization and Automation in Manufacturing and Logistics Utilizing an Enhanced Smart Factory Assessment," Journal of Industrial and Intelligent Information, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 64-68, December 2019. doi: 10.18178/jiii.7.2.64-68

 

 

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