research for efficient Configurations Of Remanufacturing Enterprises
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Goal of using the configurator

Goal of using the configurator is to enable the user to manage complexity effects occurring in the production process of his company through the application of appropriate methods.

By the individual input of complexity effects, the corresponding methods are selected tailored to the company’s needs and the related complexity drivers are shown.

Structure of the configurator

After hitting the button “Start” on the configurator’s home page (see figure 1) you are requested to answer some questions about your company (see figure 2).


Figure 1: Configurator's home page

Your answers are used by the configurator to only show methods which are appropriate and useful for your company.

Information on data protection: Your data input is not saved! The data is merely used for the evaluation and choice of appropriate methods and KPIs.


Figure 2: Requested company details

After answering all the questions, please click the button “Next”.

Then you are guided to the configurator’s main page.

Figure 3 shows the user interface of the configurator.

Figure 3: User interface of the configurator

The complexity effects are listed in the box on the top.

The box below named “methods” shows the selection of methods, which are suitable for managing the complexity effects (see “3. Configuration”).

In the box below, the methods show the complexity drivers (“drivers”) and the key performance indicators (“KPIs”).


The first step of the configuration is the selection of an effect in the box “effects”, which fits to your company situation.

You can see a short description of the effect, when you move the cursor over an effect button without clicking on it.


Figure 4: Short description of the effect

The appropriate effect is selected by a click with the left mouse button on an effect button. Suitable methods, which can be used for the control of the selected complexity effect, are shown accordingly (see figure 5).


Figure 5: Choice of appropriate methods based on a selected effect

When you select more than one effect, the intersection of those methods is shown which are suitable for all of the chosen effects.


Figure 6: Intersection of all relevant methods

By activating the button “Show all methods, drivers and KPIs for the chosen effects”, the joined view of all useful methods is shown.

You can activate or deactivate this feature as desired.   

A click on the button “clear” deletes your taken selection and you can restart a new configuration (see figure 6).

You can also get displayed which method is useful on which effect.

Therefore a double-click on the appropriate method box (not on the method name!) is necessary.


Figure 7: Effects which can be managed by the selected method

According to the effects, a short description of the method is displayed, when you move the mouse-cursor over the method box (see figure 8).


Figure 8: Short description of the method

To get the complete description of a method click on the method’s name to open a download-box, where you can open or save the PDF showing the description of the method.

Figure 9 shows that drivers (left) and KPIs (right) are shown according to the selected effect in the box on the bottom.

Here again the choice between intersection or joined view is available (see figure 6).

The listed drivers are assigned to the four target fields Core Management, Identification, Planning and Control and Production Organization.

In the box on the right all KPIs are listed, which are suitable for measuring the selected complexity drivers.

After clicking on the KPI’s name, a download-box is opened, where you can decide whether you would like to open or save the PDF with the KPI’s description.

The PDF file contains a description of the KPI, a formula for its calculation and an example how to calculate the KPI.


Figure 9: Drivers and KPIs

Documentation of the results

The result of the configuration can be documented any time by making a screenshot.

The descriptions of the methods and KPIs can be saved via download options as mentioned above.

Information on data protection: Neither your data input nor the results are saved!

Project reCORE Completed Successfully
With the final presentation in March 2013 the project reCORE was completed. The overall goal to support companies by managing complexity in remanufacturing processes was realized by a configurator that outputs methods, indicators and complexity... [ ...more ]
Sandra Seifert

Fraunhofer Project Group Process Innovation
Chair Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Technology
University of Bayreuth

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