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    An Introduction to Manufacturing Process Optimisation


    Introduction

    The NAFEMS Optimisation Working Group (OWG) wishes to commission a new document with the suggested title “Why Do Process Optimisation”. 

    Product optimisation is a widely applied and well-established method used across a range of industries to improve product design, product performance, and customer satisfaction. However, recent years have seen a rise in the application of process optimisation techniques by companies in order to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. Process optimisation constitutes the optimisation of a system, assembly or machine with respect to one or more chosen objective functions.  Through process optimisation, companies can achieve increased throughput, increased utilisation, reduced labour costs, reduced lead times and decreased downtime amongst other potential benefits. The document is anticipated to be approximately 100-150 A5 pages in length.


    Intended Readership

    The intended readership consists of production managers, engineers, and scientists responsible for production processes and system level planning within their organisation. The document is expected to provide these decision makers with an introduction to process optimisation and a range of test cases to demonstrate the potential benefits.


    Content

    The document is expected to provide a detailed introduction to process optimisation including: 

    • The definition of process optimisation, 
    • Taxonomy of process optimisation and 
    • Definition of various process optimisation problems. 

    The document is expected to describe the current state of optimisation within engineering including:

    • Optimisation problems faced in engineering
    • Modelling methods applied to represent the problem
    • Types of optimisation methods applied and
    • Challenges of using optimisation.

    The document is expected to provide a review of the literature in process optimisation including:

    • Application domains for process optimisation
    • Optimisation objectives applied
    • Constraints applied 
    • Modelling and optimisation methods


    The document is expected to provide 2-4 chapters demonstrating the application of various types of process optimisation methods to different test cases from industry. The test cases should clearly demonstrate the motivation, applied modelling and optimisation methodology, reasoning and the outcomes of optimisation. Any limitations of the applied methods should be discussed. 

    The document should summarise the types of process optimisation and the test cases demonstrated. Any recommendations for process optimisation practitioners should be outlined. Challenges of process optimisation and future research areas should also be discussed. 


    Cost

    The total cost is not expected to exceed £5K (GBP), and it is expected that the document will be completed within 12 months from NAFEMS approval.


    Guidance for Proposals

    Each proposal should consist of:

    • The proposed structure of the document with the titles of the sections to be developed
    • Work plan including milestones and interim deliveries for early review
    • Cost
    • Estimated number of pages
    • The authors' credentials, curriculum vitae, etc. Proposals from single authors and consortia will be considered.
    • A listing of any competencies from the Optimisation Technical Area of the NAFEMS Professional Simulation Engineer Scheme that the publication will address.  


    Submission 

    All proposals should be sent to the Chairman of the Optimisation Working Group and the NAFEMS Technical Officer NAFEMS at optimisation@nafems.org to arrive no later than 1st of December 2017. Further details are available from the NAFEMS Technical Officer and OWG chairman who are contactable vua optimisation@nafems.org.