Integrated factory modelling

Respond to changing markets with an agile, innovative factory.

Production line inside of factory model

What is integrated factory modelling?

Integrated factory modelling combines BIM and digital factory planning to generate a digital representation of production facilities and equipment. Multi-disciplinary project contributors can collaborate in this central, always up-to-date model to plan, design, validate, build and operate factories.

Why leading manufacturers choose Autodesk

  • Faster project execution

    Depending on the complexity of the project, industrial processing systems provider GEA (US Site) cuts engineering time anywhere from 30% to 80%.

  • Lower costs

    Electrical vehicle manufacturer e.GO saves up to 35% by focusing on modern design practices and integrated factory modelling.

  • Increased product quality

    Frumecar (US site) reduces around 70% of the costs caused by process incidents and drastically shortens startup times by using virtual manufacturing tools.

Harvard Business Review Report “Breaking Down the Barriers to More Collaborative Factory Projects”

Reimagining factory planning

Digitalisation is enabling manufacturers to usher their factories into a new era of individualisation, functionality and sustainability. Harvard Business Review Analytic Services interviewed industry leaders to see how they are future-proofing manufacturing operations with integrated factory models.

Benefits of integrated factory modelling

  • Several people at a conference table in front of TV monitors displaying a facility model

    Maximise profit by making better decisions sooner

    Reduce risk by giving everyone access to reliable, real-time design and operational data. Connect market demand data to your supply chain to drive manufacturing output and quality.

  • Facilities engineer comparing HVAC system in factory to 3D model of system on tablet

    Improve efficiencies of technical services

    Ensure your building systems provide the required support. Better plan and coordinate by visualising production lines in the context of your facility and monitor performance with real-time data.

  • An engineer stands in a work cell and works on a computer

    Meet production targets with precision

    Optimise your production output using your coordinated model to simulate alternatives. Use real-time data from a digital twin to reduce downtime and provide insight into operational efficiency.

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Solutions for integrated factory modelling

  • Leverage integrated factory models as always up-to-date digital twins – useful for maintenance, service and change management.

  • Integrate models of industrial equipment with the model of the production facility in a unified Building Information Model.

  • Create intelligent Building Information Models of production facilities with multi-disciplinary data integrated in one digital, cloud-enabled representation.

  • Use AnyCAD to integrate 2D and 3D models from any CAD application, with current condition point cloud scans, into a unified factory model.

  • Manage data from all disciplines in a common environment for real-time collaboration, seamless project execution and closed-loop factory lifecycle management.

  • Design, plan and validate large-scale systems and work cells with specialised 2D and 3D toolsets purpose-built for production system design.

  • Easily understand and communicate facility designs by creating realistic renderings and animations of production facilities from 3D models.

  • Accelerate installation and reduce change orders by planning and simulating construction sequences that can be shared with contractors, trades and suppliers.

See how people are creating flexible factories

  • 3D visualisation of tool stations for Galaxy Desserts site


    Digitalising the industrial process

    Brioche-Pasquier builds a digital twin of their sites that includes their equipment, scan data, production layouts and building models.

  • Several people assembling a car


    When digital planning means zero impact

    To make their first electric sports car, Porsche used integrated factory modelling to create a smart facility – one as green as the car it manufactures.

  • Aerial view of Safran industrial plant


    Improving factory performance with BIM

    Using digital factory tools, multiple project teams at Safran can work within the same 3D model to coordinate decisions backed by reliable BIM data.

Rendering of production line in manufacturing facility

Digital factory: A path towards sustainability

By leveraging Autodesk digital factory solutions, you can enhance your operations and deliver positive business outcomes. Integrated factory modelling helps you to optimise your factory layout to minimise downtime, increase energy and material efficiencies, and improve communication and data insights.

Let’s talk strategy

As a global leader in the integration of architecture, engineering, construction, product design and manufacturing processes, Autodesk can help you to develop the capabilities needed to achieve your goals.

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