Material Flow Planning – Using software to reach the perfect flow
The financial success of your company is heavily dependent on reliable intralogistics. Challenges emerge, such as how to design material flow from the ground up and how to account for the interaction between production, transport, and storage areas. The ability to make fast and reliable decisions is also crucial.
Divergent transport flows and non-transparent material flows are frequently a challenge for companies. Additional challenges include long processing times, high production costs, and a lack of transparency and flexibility in both value stream analysis and production planning. The solution: simulation-supported material flow planning.
We know this is not always so easy to implement! Our ipolog software supports you each step of the way!
ipolog helps you efficiently plan your material flow. Make bottlenecks and interrelationships more transports to ensure an optimal supply for your production or assembly. We provide you with a digital solution for material flow planning so that you can use your tugger trains, forklifts, AGVs, and staff as efficiently as possible.
You don’t have forklifts and AGVS, but would like to better plan your tugger trains? Not sure how? Then read here how easy tugger train planning can be: »tugger train planning with ipolog
Why is ideal material flow planning so important for your company?
As if that were not enough, an unoptimized material flow presents you with the following dilemmas:
Digital Verification of Important Concepts
You have to ensure a continuous supply of materials in high volumes and with a large number of variants. Your supply is therefore best digitally verified.
Comprehensive Planning Using Algorithms
Your production is characterized by high complexity. Finding bottlenecks and connections can become a real Herculean task. Software-supported planning using algorithms lets you breathe a sigh of relief.
Less Planning Effort
The planning effort required for material flow is high – especially for tugger trains. A software like ipolog saves you a lot of time and frustration.
Mastering of Complexity
Due to the complexity of increasingly individualized products, there’s no room for safety stock on the assembly line. That means your supply must be precisely timed to function correctly.
Advantages of software-supported material flow analysis and planning
Through value stream analysis or digital material flow planning you can achieve transparent, automated tugger train planning with automatic results such as tugger train demand, employee demand, tours per day, total distance and process times. Your direct transports are also analyzed and optimized - regardless of whether they are forklifts or an AGV fleet.
In addition, a 3D simulation for visualization and validation enables safe planning and operations - without unpleasant surprises because an Excel formula has been copied umpteen times. A 2D representation of the material flow using a Sankey diagram and heat map also help to optimize your material flow.
Use our ipolog software for your material flow planning
Our ipolog software automatically calculates your tugger trains and other modes of transport and offers you the possibility to test your planning using a simulation. The software calculates the necessary transports in order to implement the specified production program.
Advantages of material flow analysis and planning in ipolog:
Automated Transport Planning
ipolog enables you to plan tugger trains and other modes of transport automatically.
What has to happen during the day to complete the production program? ipolog tells you!
Recording of Process Times
Process times can be stored in standard logistics processes for thousands of parts at once.
You can look forward to an automated evaluation of resource requirements and staffing requirements (dynamic, no static Excel daily average).
Our approach for an optimized material flow
1. Initial Analysis
initial analysis and preparation of the planning basis (resources, process and time modules, shift schedule, parts data, production data, Excel tables) and subsequent mapping of the layout
2. Modeling of Material Flows
modeling of material flows and assignment of parts directly in ipolog
3. Precise Calculations
with its sophisticated algorithms, ipolog provides an exact calculation of resource requirements
4. Overview of Costs
full insight into the entire cost and personnel evaluation
Curious to learn more? We’re here to answer your questions!