Framework for Designing Production Systems 4.0

  • Yuan LiuEmail author
  • Jan-Philipp Prote
  • Marco Molitor
  • Günther Schuh
Conference paper


Today’s dynamic market conditions pose great challenges for producing companies. One promising answer to navigate through the increasingly volatile environment is “agility”. Although agile principles were first applied in product development, producing companies can only harvest on it if it is pursued throughout the product life cycle. However, the implications of agile principles on production cause a conflict of aims between higher flexibility on the one hand, and other production aims, e.g. high utilization, on the other. While Industrie 4.0 offers the potential to solve this conflict of aims, the challenge for producing companies lies within the identification and implementation of favourable Industrie 4.0 solutions. Due to the radical character of these solutions, traditional production systems, which are based upon Kaizen principles and thus focus on incremental improvements, are hardly capable to support the required radical improvements. In this paper, a framework is developed for the redesign of production systems in the context of Industrie 4.0 which enables radical process improvements in the context of Industrie 4.0. It serves as guidance for producing companies in order to cover the major aspects that need to be considered. The framework was validated and detailed with eight international manufacturing corporations.


Manufacturing system Production Agility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jan-Philipp Prote
    • 1
  • Marco Molitor
    • 1
  • Günther Schuh
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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