What is internal material flow?
A properly planned material flow can help a company in many ways by reducing costs, increasing profit and optimizing production.
Internal material flow refers to the movement of goods and raw materials between different departments and workstations in a company. Effective planning of internal material flow is critical to smooth production and supply chains.
Application and Methods for Internal Material Flows
The most fundamental strategies include:
- FIFO (First In First Out): This method allows the company to process products on a first in first out basis. This means that the oldest products or materials are processed first out of the warehouse. The advantage of this strategy is that it requires minimal inventory in the warehouse while ensuring that all products remain fresh.
- JIT (Just-In-Time): This method is very similar to FIFO. However, the main difference is that processing always starts immediately after a new product or material is delivered to the warehouse. This way, there is no need to incur additional inventory costs and there are no delays in processing items.
- Kanban: This method is very popular among companies with high volumes of items or products. It is based on a system of visual signal boards that help monitor inventory at any point in the company and place new orders in a timely manner.
- Pull-System: This strategy is based on a system of control points throughout the process of internal material flow. At these points, analyses are performed to determine whether replenishment is needed. This can ensure that there is always enough raw material and that there are no unnecessary inventory costs.
Each of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages and can be applied depending on the situation. However, there are other options for in-house material flow that need to be explored to find out which solution is best for your business. To figure this out you need to consider several factors: the type of material or goods; the number of products already produced; space requirements; cost efficiency; and, of course, the time frame for the execution of the project.
How can internal material flow be optimized?
To optimize the internal material flow in your plant, you first need to answer some basic questions: Where is each workstation located? Which workstations are connected to each other? On which routes do the goods need to travel? What resources (such as employees or equipment) are required at each workstation? You can then use this information to design your layout so that material flow and operations are as efficient as possible.
Here are some tips:
Place key workstations near each other. This reduces travel time and makes it easier for departments to work together.
Avoid unnecessary movement of goods and raw materials. This saves time and resources.
Incorporate technological solutions to further improve material flow. For example, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags or barcodes can be used to track the location of goods in the warehouse or on the shop floor.
Effective material flow is critical for smooth manufacturing and high productivity standards. Therefore, it is important that companies carefully plan their material flow to avoid bottlenecks and delays. Our ipolog software supports you in optimizing the material flow and intralogistics in your company!
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Bundling internal transports efficiently and thus guaranteeing high-frequency supply at optimal capacity utilization - this is the main focus and goal of our ipolog software.
The software offers a worldwide unique advantage in the planning of logistics. ipolog enables a holistic model of production logistics in relation to assembly and achieves collaborative planning across departmental boundaries.
The internal material flow is of great importance to a company, as it reveals weak points, significantly reduces costs and increases productivity. It also enables resources to be better utilized, thus increasing the quality of the end product. In addition, a good internal material flow can increase the flexibility of the company and also meet customer requirements.
Forklift, tugger train, or AGV – ipolog helps you decide
Many planners ask themselves: What is the best means of transport for my particular field? This could include individual or high-frequency delivery, different containers with high or low range and transportation to different consumption destinations. ipolog can help plan these transports efficiently and appropriately for the respective product portfolio.
Based on the production program, ipolog calculates the earliest and latest possible delivery times backwards from the installation site. This ensures the required materials are available at the right place and at the right time.
ipolog evaluates different means of transport in digital scenarios to find the right mix of forklifts, tugger trains and AGVs. Capacities and temporary peak loads are visible in the 3D model.
The following conclusions can be made with ipolog:
number of resources: forklifts, AGVs, tugger train vehicles and trailers
Trips per day
See the tugger train tours and direct transport trips over time
loading, driving and unloading in a Gantt diagram
Precise statements about the required number of tugger train drivers and logistics staff
layout based evaluation of the individual routes
From rough draft to series optimization- always perfectly planned with ipolog
The first important findings in rough planning are calculations based on average and empirical values. Throughout the course of planning the figures become more detailed and exact workloads and resource requirements are calculated. ipolog lets you plan and optimize with a digital model in all planning phases and during operation!
Planning in ipolog offers concrete possibilities for planning and optimizing means of transport due to the 3D model and detailed evaluation. The simulation has the advantage that activities such as loading, driving and unloading can be traced in a Gantt chart over time.
The intralogistics activities in animation and simulation can be experienced and understood by everyone involved in the model.
By means of direct evaluation and the KPI monitor, bottlenecks are identified and the optimal solution with the best resource mix is developed and simulated in ipolog.
The traffic volume in the facility can be displayed dynamically at any time in the form of a heat map. The more intensive the coloring, the more vehicles are on the same route at that time. This feedback accelerates planning and leads to reliable results.
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