Towards Quantitative Factory Life Cycle Evaluation

Lars Nielsen*, Christopher Schmidt, Stefan Blume, Matthias Schmidt, Sebastian Thiede, Peter Nyhuis, Christoph Herrmann

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Manufacturing companies face the challenge of understanding and improving complex factory systems in order to stay competitive in a turbulent environment. Interrelated and overlapping life cycles of products and physical factory elements (e.g. machine tools, technical building services, building shell) are challenges to be handled in factory planning and operation. This work discusses both qualitative and quantitative factory life cycle models, analyzing addressed sustainability goals. Due to the lack of quantitative life cycle description models on higher system levels, a concept for aggregating life cycle models from shop floor up to site level is developed. The concept is consequently applied in a case study where cost curves are calculated over the factory's life span and are aggregated to support factory planning and operation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-271
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event5th CIRP Global Web Conference, CIRPe 2016: Research and Innovation for Future Production - University of Patras, Patras, Greece
Duration: 4 Oct 20166 Oct 2016
Conference number: 5 (Conference)


  • Life cycle evaluation
  • Factory life cycle
  • Factory planning
  • Life cycle prediction

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