Inbound/outbound logistics (supply chains) and in-house company logistics are the building blocks of successful logistics management. We have extensive consulting, planning, implementation and practical competency in these fields. For instance, not only are we able to support our clients during the development phase of a new product, plant or a logistics zones, we can also implement efficiency enhancement measures to optimise logistics during ongoing operations. Among other things, we plan the complete supply and provisioning logistics during the rollout of new series within the product development process (PDP) or can switch to new supply and transport concepts during ongoing operations, including just-in-time (JiT) and just-in-sequence (JiS). Support during the selection of logistics service providers and the logistical qualification of suppliers complete our range of competencies.
The line back principle should be applied to the optimisation of in-plant logistics (intralogistics). Material deployment must be planned with minimised inventory days based on a production division optimised according to lean production criteria. Order picking, for instance using a supermarket concept, and transport based on tugger train concepts or automated guided vehicles (AGV) must be synchronised with material provisioning. Today, many automated and self-controlling process solutions can be used for these process components especially. Following fully automatic order picking, the container or transport frame can also be filled automatically and then brought to its necessary destination by AGV without manual intervention. The integration of information and material flow solutions for replenishment and transport control is today an elementary part of modern intralogistics.
Until now, large volumes of data have been considered a tiresome waste product or necessary evil during the analysis phase of efficiency enhancement projects. Now, though, the so-called data gold can be used to perform regular and above all systematic logistics optimisations with the right, highly efficient data tools (special BI software solutions) and the downstream analysis and planning programs. Applications for transport and container utilisation, route optimisation, intralogistics and inventory optimisation are currently available. Standard interfaces ensure integration within ERP, WMS and TM systems. User-friendly front ends and preconfigured reports permit cockpit-style operation. With our “Analytics as a Service (AaaS)” toolsets, we offer customers the opportunity and service to identify dormant potential and define measures for improvements. Standardised logistic checks are a good starting point for clients interested in logistics optimisation.
Given the substantial number of item numbers and significant part variance, consistent planning of the complete provisioning and supply logistics – from the supplier to the assembly lines – is a major challenge. High volume fluctuations in the product types for assembly – for instance on highly flexible engine assembly lines – merely aggravate this complexity. The logistical quantity structure (LQS), starting point of any planning, struggles with continuous change and therefore requires flexible adaptation of the line-side presentation system, the material flow, i.e. tugger train concepts, order picking in the supermarket or warehouse, as well as the supplier’s inbound delivery models. We have created a tool solution that supports planners by providing preconfigured and parameterised MTM values for the efficient management of this and equivalent planning tasks. The tool enables convenient modelling and standardised analysis of a broad variety of principles for material provisioning, part picking or in tugger train supply.
We possess the expertise and experience to translate your requirements into customized logistical solutions. In doing so, we apply the methods of lean logistics and enrich the project with our extensive knowledge of technical equipment for transport and warehousing.