Production Logistics

Logistics in Production – Intelligent Production Optimization

Increasing customer demands present manufacturing firms the challenge to accomplish their jobs faster and more flexible than ever in due time. Companies often fail on a lack of standards, optimal production concepts and the deficient interaction between their technologies as well as suboptimal structures.

Therefore, task of the production logistics department within the range of business logistics is the development of innovative solutions in the field of production logistics. The guiding principle of the division is »intelligent production optimization«. This requires a company-wide understanding of production management processes and the integration of different fields of knowledge such as logistics, computer science, business administration and mechanical engineering to a comprehensive understanding of logistics.

We proceed process-oriented and system-oriented and consider your production logistics in the necessary depth, analyze your entire system of processes, employees and technologies to tailor these for your customers.

According to the Fraunhofer philosophy we work as a neutral and independent consultant. Common project teams compile a lasting improvement of your production processes, borne by employees of your company.

 

Economic Valuation Approach for Industry 4.0 Solutions

The guideline for the economic evaluation of industry 4.0 applications developed at Fraunhofer IML enables for the first time a differentiated consideration of various starting points and the structured definition of a specific target state in order to derive concrete needs for action. Starting from a predefined target state, a goal-oriented evaluation is pursued. Based on the relevant target variables, valid cause-effect-relationships with the corresponding control variables are shown.

 

Innovationlab

The innovation laboratory "Hybrid Services in Logistics" is a research project in which technologies are developed for a social networked industry. The focus is on human-technology interaction. Innovative industry 4.0 solutions are developed and tested - also in cooperation with companies.

In addition to the production logistics showcase, four further application scenarios will be developed.
 

 

In addition to the production logistics showcase, four further application scenarios will be developed.
 

E²-Design

The project "E²-Design" focuses on the integration of energy efficiency as a planning target in the design of production and logistics networks. This is the first time that energy efficiency has been consistently taken into account within the framework of supply chain design.

 

Smart Factory

High flexibility and self control are essential elements of the intelligent factory, the Smart Factory. In order to realize this kind of factory, the production and maintenance are equally required. Products and production plants communicate with each other independently in a Smart Production. It is always transparent which product has to pass through which production step at which plant. Small batch sizes and short-term changes can thus be achieved with minimum effort.

 

Process and Resource Management

The development of efficient process management and flexible ressource management will be a crucial success factor and an advantage over the competition.

 

Production Strategies and Concepts

Our goal is to align the production strategies and concepts with the current and future requirements of the market.

 

Factory Structure Planning

There is a steadily increasing importance of adaptability of production. At the same time competitive pressure demands a high degree of efficiency and performance. As a partner, we support you in the conceptual and structural realignment of your production.

 

Quick Scan Production

A »Quick Scan Production« is a fast and reliable analysis to evaluate the production efficiency of your company. This analysis is based on proven methods for the holistic evaluation of production systems and shows the most important starting points for improvements and gives prioritized and rated recommendations for action.

 

OPEX in Process Industry

The specific requirements of the process industry lead to special challenges for optimization projects. With a specially developed toolset, which is based on methods of Lean Management, we are offering companies an innovative approach for evaluating and optimizing production processes.

 

Information and Communication Systems

In the age of digitization and Industry 4.0 IT systems are the foundation for transparency, flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness in production planning and control. The department of production logistics of the Fraunhofer IML offers the conception of APS-, PPC- or MES systems suited to your requirements.

 

Modular Production Logistics in Process Industry

Many segments of the process industry are currently exposed to a growing uncertainty and increasing demands for product differentiation and shorter product life cycles. Modular production logistics represents a paradigm shift in the planning and operation of production facilities in the process industry. It enables an efficient and flexible design of the production process and qualifies companies to quickly adapt their production to the current demand situation. 

Many segments of the process industry are currently exposed to a growing uncertainty and increasing demands for product differentiation and shorter product life cycles. Modular production logistics represents a paradigm shift in the planning and operation of production facilities in the process industry. It enables an efficient and flexible design of the production process and qualifies companies to quickly adapt their production to the current demand situation.