As globalisation increases and market places become ever more competitive, manufacturing industry must be able to react to change and to understand the balance of possible options when making decisions on complex multi-faceted problems. Understanding how best to configure and re-configure a global production network, set against rapidly changing product-service requirements is one such complex problem area. But solving this problem reduces the setup time and time to market of new business innovations.
The FLEXINET project aims to provide software services that support the design and provision of flexible interoperable networks of production systems that can be rapidly and accurately re-configured based on the implementation of new software technologies. It applies advanced solution techniques to the provision of a set of Intelligent Production Network Configuration Services that can support the design of high quality manufacturing networks, understanding the costs and risks involved in network re-configuration, and then mitigating the impact of system incompatibilities as networks change over time.