Mobile Factory Network (MFN) – Network of Flexible and Agile Manufacturing Systems in the Construction Industry
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The concept of the "On-site Factory" consists in the temporary use of fully functioning mobile mini-factories or production cells at the site of consumption. Mobile Factories are well suitable for situations in the construction industry with long distances and therefore high logistics costs. The advantage of this concept is its economic efficiency combined with a maximum of flexibility and a Just-in-Time (JIT) supply. By a high degree of reconfigurability and scalability of the On-site Factory, it can be adapted to its individual mission and the quantity demand at the construction site. This research discusses the need for new and innovative JIT solutions for the construction industry and addresses the specific case of networks of mobile on-site factories. The creation of a Mobile Factory Network (MFN) shows an interesting new and innovative business model for decentralized manufacturing on-site. The research shows a possible form of network structure and organization as well as its advantages and potential for the construction sector.
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