Shop-Floor Control Systems for SMEs in a Transition Process from a Planned Market to a Market-Oriented Production Management

Project - CP93-9627

Keywords: SMEs, shop floor control, production planning, CIM

Start Date: 1 May 94 / Status: finished / Duration: 28 months

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Objectivies and Approach

The aim of the project is to design a new, effective shop floor control (SFC) system that will improve working conditions and can be easily adapted for various fields of applications. This will be insured in several steps. The first is to qualify employees by means of their participation in the reorganisation of the manufacturing process from a plan oriented economy towards a market oriented economy. Moreover, the selection and enhancement of appropriate analysing the methods for the reorganisation process is necessary to get requirements of the users. Results from interdisciplinary weakest-point-analysis are flexibly modified. Special emphasis is laid on cooperation at intersection points. In case of failure, the employees are being expected to take more productive work in this process. This will lead to and support the identification of the necessities of the PPC- and SFC systems for companies changing the economy orientation from planned to market oriented competition, and designing of adaptable and efficient shop floor control systems in a participative manner between researchers and companies staff.

The university people will qualify master, supervisors and plant operators to solve problems and structuring processes within their companies. Moreover, they get requirements from the companies to design and develop a generic system of shop floor control. After qualifying the employees in linkages and connections with the system "shop floor", it has to be possible for them to carry on with reorganisation in other areas of the manufacturing system. With regard to the employees, this means "qualification by participation.

The task of the universities is to moderate and ensure a goal oriented way of the reorganisation process by holding workshops, qualifying the employees of the companies and disseminating this general way of qualification to other companies.

Furthermore, the necessities for the application of PPC- and SFC systems within the companies will be fixed in a user requirements catalogue. These requirements will be extracted from the responsibilities of the companies as well as the university scientists.

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

The collaborating teams have presented the results obtained in workshops that have taken place in Liberec (CZ), Prague and Dresden (a list of publications can be requested from the coordinator).


University of Stuttgart
IAT, Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft
und Technologiemanagement
Nobelstrasse 12
D-70569 Stuttgart, D

EU Partners

University of Stuttgart, D
Kösling Elastechnik GmbH, D

Non-EU Partners

Technical University of Liberec, CZ
Narex Ceská Lipa a.s., CZ


Prof. P.Kern
Tel: +49 711 970 22 00
Fax: +49 711 970 22 99

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Project - CP93-9627, May 1997

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