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 +===== Design of a fruit juice blending and packaging plant ===== 
  
 +//J.J.H. Fey//
 +
 +In the last five years, the consumer market for fruit juices and fruit beverages has experienced
 +increasing competition. The industry has to supply higher quality, larger variety, and better packaging at more
 +competitive prices. From a manufacturing point of view, very high service levels have to be combined with short
 +product lead times. Together with the strongly increased product variety this has set new performance standards
 +for the manufacturing of canned fruit juice beverages.
 +
 +Although a large variety of detailed design methods for a specific subset of design problems is available,
 +literature does not present a universally accepted method for designing a fruit juice blending and packaging
 +plant. Furthermore,​ literature disregards the fact that an industrial system evolves throughout its life-cycle and
 +that optimizing and redesigning are essential tasks in the design process. Finally, although design of control and
 +manufacturing system show a great deal of interaction,​ literature treats them separately. Integrating design of
 +control and manufacturing system in one method can enhance the performance of the industrial system.
 +
 +The objective of this dissertation is to provide a design method that structures the design process of fruit juice
 +blending and packaging plants. This method is composed of a structure and a set of tools. The structure tells the
 +user which design decisions need to be made and when to make them. The tools support the decision making process.
 +The structure is generally applicable; the set of tools makes the design method specifically suitable for the
 +design of fruit juice blending and packaging plants. The proposed design method incorporates design of the
 +manufacturing system as well as design of the control system, where it affects the manufacturing system. It
 +supports initial design as well as redesign of the plant operations.
 +
 +The design method consists of four phases: objective definition, design of architecture,​ design of resources, and
 +design of operations. First, the objectives and constraints are defined. Then, the architecture of the
 +manufacturing and control system is designed. A first order approximation of the necessary resources is determined
 +in the design of resources. Detailed design of the manufacturing system and control system is done in the design
 +of operations.
 +
 +The design method has been used to support a redesign project for Riedel'​s production facility. The production is
 +divided in three successive stages: preparing, pasteurizing,​ and packaging. For juice preparation,​ a group
 +technology structure is applied; for pasteurizing and packaging, a flow line structure is applied. In the design
 +of resources, these structures are quantified. To support this process, two design tools have been developed. The
 +result of the design of resources is a list of resources and a factory layout. In the design of operations, the
 +resource design is refined and the control system is designed. To support design activities in this phase, two
 +scheduling algorithms have been developed, and integrated in a design tool. This tool supports evaluation of `what
 +if' scenarios and the construction of detailed production schedules.
 +
 +//Ph.D. thesis//, Eindhoven University of Technology, 2000.
 +
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