Are your employees losing track of the rising number of variants and complex material flows? Are you trying to reduce complexity, but your customers want more and more? At Fraunhofer IPA, we help you discover the advantages of your complexity and, if appropriate, exploit them.
The simpler the product and the more stable the market, the lower the complexity. Simple and cheap production processes lead to huge price pressure and an often unattractive market. Manufacturing high-variant products for a volatile market is quite a challenge. However, those who can manage this complexity and use it to their advantage can achieve high contribution margins. Many hidden champions are real experts at managing complexity. In a complex environment, the “command and control” approach is doomed to fail. The key to managing complexity is thinking in systems. This is because the system adapts evolutionarily.
How can you use this concept of thinking in systems for your production process?
Step 1: Balance goals and set priorities
Step 2: Understand interrelationships and quantify bottlenecks
Step 3: Make the system simple and resilient
Step 4: Think about the implementation process step by step
Do you work in a complex manufacturing environment and want to take the next steps toward operational excellence? Get in touch with us and tell us about your latest big challenge. We are looking forward to tackle this together with your team.