Analysis of Management Strategies for Aircraft Production Ramp-up



Growing competition and a high demand for individual and highly sophisticated products in combination with shorter innovation cycles is leading to a rising number of ramp-ups especially in Small batch production. Daily challenges such as late changes and missing maturity of high Technology products and processes create significant risks. Since 2012 a group of 14 European companies and research institutes have developed novel planning and control solutions in the European public funded project ARUM (Adaptive Production Management; www.arum-project.eu) to overcome those challenges in production ramp-up.

The validation of the developed control strategies and their implementation into novel planning and scheduling solutions within a realistic industrial environment is mandatory and several industrial use Cases have been selected, e.g. an Airbus system installation flowline in Hamburg. For performance assessment and benchmark of the novel solutions against the current control approaches a simulation of the aircraft production flowline is implemented and connected to the ARUM solution. The simulation model based on AnyLogic 7 will allow experimentations with different control strategies for the production ramp-up scenarios and multiple risks to prove the performance of ARUM approaches against today’s control strategies.

Arnd Schirmann, Expert (Services & Logistics) at Airbus Group Innovations presented the project at the AnyLogic Conference 2014. View the video presentation, PowerPoint, and a case study on AnyLogic.com.

Analysis of Management Strategies for Aircraft Production Ramp-up