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Reference Process for Integrated Production Planning -

Preparation of the Standardisation of Information Flows and Planning Indicators (ReProInPlan)

(Project duration: October 2013 to September 2015; project processing is carried out by RIF e.V., Department of Work and Production Systems)


The day-to-day planning of manufacturing companies currently involves a large number of planning tasks that are not clearly defined and often not clearly structured. This leads to inefficient planning processes with redundant operations, duplication of work, transmission errors and incomplete information, to name just a few deficits of this way of working. In summary, it can be seen that the described challenges in the product development process result from insufficient coordination and documentation, as well as from a not clearly defined transfer of information to other areas of responsibility. There is often a lack of cross-company, generally applicable standards that regulate the process and cooperation in product creation. This applies not only to the planning processes themselves, but also to the necessary information flows and relevant control variables (e.g. performance measurement systems).


The aim of the joint project is to introduce a generalised planning indicator survey and a prioritised information flow visualisation into the production planning process as a draft standard. Both topics are to flank the reference planning process standardised in the national VDMA standard sheet 66421 and together result in a standard basis for the publication of a PAS (Publicly Available Specification), a TS (Technical Specification), a TR (Technical Report) or an IS (International Standard).


Die Vorgehensweise des Verbundprojektes sieht vor, die Vorschläge zur inhaltlichen Erweiterungen zum Referenzplanungsprozess zunächst in die nationale Normung einzubringen, und später zusammen mit dem Referenzplanungsprozess in den internationalen Normungsprozess zu überführen. Beide inhaltliche Weiterentwicklungen des Referenzplanungsprozesses greifen dazu ergänzende Anforderungen produzierender Unternehmen auf.

Ziele des Verbundprojektes ReProInPlan © IPS​/​TU Dortmund
Ziele des Verbundprojektes ReProInPlan

These concern the supporting necessity of defining planning indicators and essential information flows within the reference planning process. The development of a standard basis for an ISO deliverable defined in the objective has the great potential to position a scientifically mature issue developed in the national environment at the international level. The associated international pioneering role enables Germany as a national location to develop a knowledge and market advantage, which represents a clear strengthening in the global competition.

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Funding Reference

This research and development project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) under the framework programme "Transfer of research and development results (R&D) through standardisation" and supervised by the DLR project management organisation. Responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the author.

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Technische Universität Dortmund

Institut für Produktionssysteme / IPS

Leonhard-Euler-Str. 5

Gebäude MB I

44227 Dortmund

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Otto-Hahn-Straße 6

Raum: C1-02-177

(Entry 31)

44227 Dortmund

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