Process Chain Design

  • Jan Henjes
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In the manufacturing context, process chain design includes design and optimization of at least two manufacturing processes in consideration of one or more target criteria. While designing process chains, applicable manufacturing processes are identified and transformed into an adequate configuration. The subsequent optimization determines optimal process parameters in consideration of cross-process interactions.

Theory and Application


Process Chain: Classification and Terminology

Within the meaning of production engineering, different consecutively arranged manufacturing steps are understood as process chains (VDI 1993).

The configuration of a process chain is described in detail in Fig. 1. The so-called PEC model is classified in three levels and specifies basic terms used in the following (Denkena and Toenshoff 2011). The processconstitutes the smallest...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Production and Logistics ManagementFraunhofer Austria Research GmbHWienAustria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Garret O'Donnell
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  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland