Production planning

With a holistic view of manufacturing for greater efficiency.

The heart of the company: manufacturing

Automation and digitalization

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.

We support you in production planning

  • Planning of a manufacturing concept in line with requirements
  • Material flow optimization and layout planning of manufacturing
  • Testing of automation aspects
  • Creation of a technology
  • The roadmap
  • Capacity planning with growth plan
  • Tendering and start-up support
  • Cost-benefit assessment of investments
  • Sequence simulation and process representation

Manufacturing concept

The right concept for your production

Within the framework of the production strategy, there are different concepts to adapt your production to the framework conditions of the company.

The degree of automation, the required flexibility and the prevailing diversity of variants are examples that influence the chosen concept.

Whether in the end the product-oriented flow production, the process-oriented series production, the function-oriented workshop production, the value stream-oriented island production or a mixed form proves to be ideal for you, we will gladly help you to adapt and optimize your production to the conditions!

Material flow optimization and layout planning of manufacturing

A value stream optimized layout increases effectiveness

Many companies notice historically grown, highly fragmented structures in manufacturing that may have started out value stream oriented. However, creeping changes over the years often result in the development of confusing and inefficient material flows.

A new or rescheduling of the production offers the possibility to rethink the grown structures and to make the production more efficient and transparent by a value stream optimized layout. With our many years of experience in layout planning, we are at your side.

Testing of automation aspects

Automation for efficient production

Digitalization leads to added value in the automation of manufacturing, with positive effects on efficiency and quality.

In modern manufacturing, in addition to the automation of manufacturing operations in machining centers with automated tool change, the interlinking of machines and thus the handling of workpieces are controlled and performed by machines.

AGVs, robots or intelligently controlled transport systems optimize the supply of the processing machines. In the sense of Industry 4.0, the sensor technology detects changes in the key figures of the machines at an early stage and can thus initiate maintenance measures before a drop in quality.

Creation of a technology roadmap

The path to your future-proof manufacturing

A realignment of manufacturing to become more modern or to specialize in its core competencies requires good planning of the target state, as well as the implementation.

We start with an analysis of your current technology portfolio to work out potential for change or optimization.

In close cooperation with you, we develop possible technologies for your production, create profiles and evaluate the different technologies.

In this step, the need for modernization in the machinery is determined and innovations are examined.
After planning the target state, it is important to prioritize the technology projects and define development stages for the necessary technology investments.

Various growth scenarios can also be planned for in the technology roadmap to strategically prepare your manufacturing for the future.

Capacity planning with growth plan

Optimization of capacity utilization

The volatility and dynamics of the market pose a challenge for capacity planning in manufacturing. Based on volume forecasts and growth scenarios, we determine the required machine capacity for the future and work with you to find ways to eliminate the bottlenecks economically.

Whether through multi-shift operation, acquisition of new machines or investment in new technologies, together with our expertise you will find the appropriate solution approach.

Tendering and start-up support

From planning to deployment

Even after the planning we are still there for you! Technology projects are scheduled, but you currently have no capacities, or you lack the necessary know-how for the tender and subsequent review of the concepts?

We help in the tendering process, in the definition of specifications, the preparation of requirement specifications and the elaboration of technical requirements up to the technical-economic comparison of offers, the definition of acceptance conditions and accompany the start-up of the new production.

Sequence simulation and process representation

Sequence simulation and process representation

After the successful production planning, we offer the possibility to check the neuralgic points of the production with a dynamic process simulation.

The dimensioning of the bottleneck can be secured, the machine utilization, throughput times, buffer sizes, personnel resources and the dynamic occupancy of storage locations are examples of verifiable key figures.

We compare different scenarios and show the improvements in material flow compared to the current state.