What is material flow planning?
What is the goal of material flow planning?
Why is material flow planning so important?
Many variants result in constant supply bottlenecks and chaos. It is difficult to maintain the material supply. With material flow planning, every part is in the right place at the right time.
Lack of overview in logistics
Nowadays, the production of most companies is very complex and lacks transparency. In order to reliably process orders, reliable material flow planning is essential.
Time is scarce
The better the material flow planning, the better the process. The right approach is crucial for optimal logistics planning.
Logistics gobbles up a lot of money. Only with good material flow planning can supply bottlenecks be identified and averted.
Next Steps: Five steps to plan and optimize your material flow
1. Record current status
Record and analyze planning basics (resources, process and time modules, shift schedule, parts data, production data, Excel tables).
2. Layout planning
A layout is created on the basis of the information collected. Sound layout planning is important for the systematic linking of conveyor technology with spatial conditions.
3. Modeling of material flows
In the created layout, the flows of goods are modeled and parts are assigned. Lead times are defined.
4. Calculation of resource requirements
In the next step, a precise calculation of the resource requirements takes place.
5. Cost calculation
In the last step, a cost and personnel evaluation can be determined.
What are the benefits of software-supported material flow planning?
Automated transport planning
Tugger trains and means of transport are planned automatically.
Software support makes it possible to react more quickly to a changing production program. Rescheduling happens at the push of a button.
The required resources are determined and planned on the basis of the production program.
Detailed process times
With one software, process times for thousands of parts can be stored at once.
Software enables automated evaluations of resource requirements and employee requirements (dynamic, not a static Excel daily average).
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