Achieve added value in assembly by using ipolog:
In many manufacturing companies, final assembly is the stage in the production chain where the greatest value is added to the product. Even the best assemblies and supplies are of little value if they are not assembled to fulfil their intended function.
ipolog optimizes manual activities on the assembly line or at individual workstations by visualizing processes and material supply directly in the factory layout. A process route simulation highlights where waste is generated by non-value-adding steps. This provides added clarity for planners, decision-makers, foremen and assembly staff alike.
Challenges in assembly planning:
When planning the assembly of increasingly complex goods, there are various challenges that must be addressed.
Customers are demanding more individualized products, which increases the number of variants while decreasing the batch size. Standardization is no longer the answer to achieving efficiency. Cost pressures and capacity bottlenecks are also restrictions that must be addressed in the designing and planning of production.
Assembly planning is a discipline of production planning which, based on the product profile, links the necessary assembly processes and the materials to be used. The optimal use of necessary employees, tools and equipment are the core requirements of assembly planning.
Core questions that companies must ask themselves in the context of assembly planning include:
How can we ensure a punctual start of production?
How do we manage to train all employees before the start of production?
How do we achieve maximum capacity utilization in order to withstand cost pressures?
How do we deal with space shortages?
How can we create more transparency than with previous Excel solutions?
The idea of solving these complex questions with the help of software is clear. Digital assembly planning promises to make it easier to visualize processes, to achieve full potential in optimization and ultimately to digitally secure assembly processes.
How to optimize your assembly with ipolog:
ipolog software accompanies you in all phases of planning and optimizing your assembly line. Here is an overview of how you can improve your assembly with our software:
- ipolog’s digital model shows the path of assembly staff and cycle sequence is visualized in the 3D simulation.
- ipolog offers a wide range of analysis options, so potential improvement is easy to see.
- The optimized allocation of work tasks between different workstation or the adjustment of a process sequence ensures significant increases in efficiency.
- By linking materials and processes, line positioning and balancing can be optimized in one step.
- A detailed examination of individual assembly stations shows whether all product variants can be completed in the planned cycle.
- The consideration of production programs with real order sequences lays the foundation for realistic logistics planning with ipolog.
Three reasons to use ipolog in your assembly planning:
Visual Analysis Options
The visual analysis options in the 3D model provide immediate feedback concerning inefficiencies in existing systems and find planning errors faster than in Excel spreadsheets.
The unique interaction between assembly processes and material provides a multivalent and comprehensive optimization approach in assembly planning.
Holistic Assembly Approach
In line with the line-back approach, the optimized assembly provides the basis for also planning the material flow and production supply in ipolog.
Follow these steps for successful assembly planning with ipolog:
1. Importation of Layout
this includes assembly stations and material zones as well as 3D disturbances, such as columns and walls
2. Preparation of 3D Resources
shelves, containers and product models
3. Summarization of Data
including processes and material part lists (typically from Excel tables)
input of production program
5. Cycle Simulation
of the entire assembly line or individual workstations
Further benefits of using our ipolog planning tool:
The possibilities for optimizing and successfully designing your production are numerous. For example, you could go into great detail in material zone planning. ipolog allows you to change the conveyor position by drag & drop or to design the exact allocation of shelf compartments in the course of shelf planning. Reach the next level in resource planning. The result of your line balancing is the basis for employee resource planning with ipolog.
Based on the line-back principle, the exact starting point for your material flow planning is already created with ipolog in assembly planning. With ipolog you can see the new requirements for your intralogistics and bring your production supply up-to-date at any time. See here how to use ipolog in logistics planning and how to supply your production with material via AGV, tugger trains and forklifts.
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Material Supply Planning
Take your assembly to the next level with an optimized material supply! Use ipolog to ensure that the required parts are available at the correct stations in an optimized fashion.