A framework for pilot line scale-up using digital manufacturing

Malarvizhi Kaniappan Chinnathai*, Zeinab Al-Mowafy, Bugra Alkan, Daniel Vera, Robert Harrison

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pilot lines are essential test-beds for process and product validation before the establishment of production lines. However, there is a lack of well-defined methodology for pilot line scale-up. To better support this transition, Virtual Models can be integrated with Discrete-Event Simulation (DES) models for potential production-line configurations. However, the validation of the developed models is hardly possible due to the absence of a physical counterpart. Therefore, this paper proposes a framework to increase the accuracy of the DES scale-up models with Virtual Modelling tools and Ontology. Subsequently, a test-case is used to explain the concept.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event52nd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CMS 2019 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 12 Jun 201914 Jun 2019


Conference52nd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CMS 2019


  • Digital manufacturing
  • Discrete-Event Simulation
  • Pilot line


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