Production planning process

We help you to coordinate and improve processes in product creation.

Foresighted product development process

Product design suitable for assembly

The impact of a long TTM (time-to-market) or insufficient planning can be significant, for example, lost sales or market share due to a late market launch or a less than optimal cost or quality level. It is still true: Product or production costs are determined early on in the product development process – later changes and the adaptation of processes and technologies are associated with greater expense.

This makes early coordination between the functions (R&D, purchasing, production, logistics) all the more important in order to ensure cost-, quality- and on-time production.

As the most capital-intensive area in industrial companies, production therefore deserves special consideration in the product development process (PDP).

Efficient production planning process

What is our understanding?

Within the PDP, the production planning process (PPP) describes the structured approach from the conceptual design of production to the (series) ramp-up, and includes efficient project management and the associated tools such as

  • Investment application and project profile
  • Requirements and specifications
  • Quality assessment
  • Gate Reviews

We support you in optimizing the production planning process

  • Transfer to series production/series capability
  • Designing an individual production planning process
  • Piloting
  • Create phase model and project management
  • Development of process guidelines: Process map, processes, roles and responsibilities, templates, project mgmt., checklists, process FMEAs (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis), requirements/contract specifications.
  • Consistent documentation and control through gate reviews and approval processes
  • PMO – Projekt Management Office
  • Introduction of IT platform (agile project management)

Factors of success

Through clear process flows and responsibilities together with targeted project management, the PPP thus enables optimum production costs, process stability, series capability and a shorter TTM (time to market). Accordingly, the PPP provides a major contribution to faster return on investment (ROI), greater responsiveness and earlier cash flow.

What are the biggest mistakes in the production planning process?

  • Insufficient understanding and lack of transparency of processes
  • Lack of exchange and regular synchronization between departments
  • Late information of production, logistics, supply chain, etc.

Simultaneous engineering

Take away

With the introduction of simultaneous engineering, production planning starts earlier. As soon as preliminary versions of the product are worked out, planning of their production will begin. The development is running in parallel.

We help you to shorten the development time of a new product and to react faster to production-induced changes.