Lean production logistics

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Everyone is talking about autonomous transportation and automated guided vehicles - but is this concept also suitable for your factory? How often should workstations be supplied with goods, and what impact does this have on the layout? Do you want lean logistics processes without hindering production?

Production and logistics are best optimized together. Lean production calls for a logistics system that can keep pace with change. Even the simple and robust Kanban system reaches its limits if a high number of variants is involved. On the other hand, a changeover to concepts such as just-in-sequence requires even greater process stability and a reliable material supply. One possible solution might be a warehousing stage in the production process (e.g. as a supermarket) but requires additional space.

Value Stream Logistics design builds on Value stream design and details the areas of warehousing, transport, and supply with separate design guidelines for logistics. The aim is to develop a robust, simple and efficient logistics concept that supplies everything needed for production.

In factories where variants are produced, it is hard to keep track of all the material flows and the various supply concepts. We carry out targeted data analyses that help you to make the right decisions. The plan-for-every-part (PFEP) concept can be used to work out the best supply strategy for each part - data-driven and traceable.


Advantages of planning production logistics with a focus on value streams:

  • Coordinated overall concept consisting of value stream design, factory planning and logistics
  • Different supply concepts are evaluated (autonomous, automated, manual)
  • Data-driven selection of appropriate storage and container systems (e.g. utilizing plan-for-every-part)
  • Development of adapted supply concepts (e.g. Kanban where high variant numbers are concerned)
  • Targeted use of warehousing stages and interim storage facilities

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