Triggered by increasingly short product cycles and a customer-induced and continually growing variant diversity, the classical assembly line production with a focus on maximum productivity is not designed to satisfy the continuously growing requirements of today’s small batch and extremely small batch production.
Today’s production planning that is tailored to the classical assembly line production is mainly based on the principle of centrality. The possibility of a change from a central to a self-regulatory, decentralized production is therefore limited. This causes a stagnation of flexibility and adaptability of resources.
For this reason, Smart Face calls for new ways of thinking regarding a contemporary production planning and regulation. Unlike existing projects, Smart Face tries to develop innovative approaches to use decentralized and autonomous control methods and therefore creates the prerequisites for the conception of a fundamentally innovative production planning.