Due to strong competition, especially from low-wage countries, manufacturing and product in high-wage locations such as Germany are under increasing cost pressure. Modernization and optimization measures are necessary to remain competitive and expand advantages. With the help of automation, digitalization and the focus on one’s own core competencies, these tasks will be achieved.
However, in a high-wage country it is a constant process and challenge to maintain the site and additionally many other reasons also call for rescheduling or replanning your production. Growing sales figures, for example, lead to bottlenecks in machine capacities, while small batch sizes result in increased setup times. This runs counter to the goal of efficient manufacturing with reduced lead times.
Changes in the product range also make themselves felt in production. In order to equip manufacturing for the future, adaptability and flexibility are important aspects.
Due to the change in the market towards shorter product life cycles and more variant-rich products, with increased cost pressure as well as demands on quality, the challenges for future-oriented planning tasks in production planning are increasing.