agiplan offers factory planning with the goal of making companies more competitive. We achieve this by developing production facilities with optimal functionality and the ability to change and grow. In this way, we create the basis for the sustainable economic success of our clients.
At agiplan, we plan factories from the inside out, regardless of whether it's a new factory construction (greenfield) or factory planning in existing buildings (brownfield). Our initial focus is on the ideal arrange-ment of functional areas based on the requirements of production processes. We align the material flow and layout planning with the entire value-added process in a targeted manner. In the second step, buildings, land and technical conditions are included in the planning. In this way, the architecture of our factories al-ways follows their functions. It gives them a suitable and flexible framework, creates space and transparent structures.
The reasons for rethinking a factory or production facility and having it planned vary. They may be based on a company's strategic considerations, such as restructuring or reorganization, or they may be a reaction to external circumstances, such as high market dynamics and changes in competitive conditions, e.g. high market dynamics and changed competitive conditions. The following are examples of reasons:
A methodical approach is the be-all and end-all of factory planning. With our 4-stage model, we accompany our customers from concept development to implementation.
Concept planning is agiplan's way of laying the foundation for any factory planning. Based on strategic speci-fications and objectives as well as a thorough analysis of the initial situation, we develop an ideal space lay-out for companies, which initially follows the existing logic, i.e. processes and structures, exclusively. Build-ings, sites and technical equipment are only included in the planning in the subsequent step and the ideal layout is adapted to the physical conditions accordingly. This approach enables the entire process to be op-timally aligned with the customer's requirements, while at the same time ensuring maximum efficiency and productivity. In addition, we always take long-term corporate goals into account during concept develop-ment and ensure the future viability of the new factory.
Our starting point is the development of planning fundamentals: On the one hand, we obtain these by ana-lyzing the current situation, including production and logistics structures, material and information flows, floor space, inventories, and machinery and equipment. On the other hand, the corporate strategy pro-vides the guidelines for concept planning. The use of 3D laser scanners or modeling software enables us to perform even sharper data analyses and virtually simulate various scenarios. Planning results thus become even more accurate and investment decisions more secure.
The first planning step is the design of processes, structures and systems. We always follow predefined structuring principles that are essential for value creation and thus determine the logic of the factory - e.g. certain manufacturing processes, product families or customer groups with specific requirements. Based on this, we develop target processes that generate an optimal value stream. Finally, the selection of production and logistics systems is based on these.
Once production processes, structures and systems and thus the heart of the new factory have been de-fined, we arrange the functional areas in the layout in such a way that they optimally serve the creation of value and are not subordinated to the physical conditions of a building or site. We call this the ideal layout, from which we derive a suitable real layout only in the second step. Our goal is to integrate as many logical elements and solution modules of the ideal structure as possible in the real area layout. This often results in several layout variants that need to be evaluated: We advise our clients in this process by jointly defining evaluation criteria and checking the various solutions against them. Here, among other things, the financial investment framework and the implementation effort play a role.
In the final result, we record the planning results in a concept and make a recommendation for the future factory structure. The concept serves as the basis for detailed planning (stage 2), in which the further design of the functional areas takes place. It contains the following components:
Steffen Koch, Business Unit Manager Factory, Production and Industrial Architecture, explains the integrated approach he and his team are using to redesign production facilities and increase their productivity.
The result of the concept phase is an optimized factory structure agreed with the customer. This arranges the individual functional areas of the factory in the area layout in such a way that value-adding processes can be carried out optimally. In the detailed planning phase, agiplan designs the individual functional areas in detail. Among other things, we define workflows in production, assembly and logistics and equip the indi-vidual modules accordingly with technology and equipment. In addition, we optimally adapt routes, transport and information paths to the value stream. In detailed planning, we apply, among other things lean methods to ensure maximum efficiency. At the end of detailed planning, there is an implementation concept that contains a rough schedule for concrete measures and serves as the basis for tenders and the realization phase.
Upon completion of the planning phases of a factory layout (concept phase and detailed planning), agiplan prepares a catalog of measures that serves as a starting point for the implementation of the planned activi-ties (construction measures, installations, etc.). However, before the new factory layout enters the realiza-tion phase, we assist our clients in tenders for works and services.
In close coordination with our client's purchasing department, we prepare the tender documents as well as an evaluation catalog for incoming bids and presentations. During the tender phase, we are available to all bidders as contact persons for technical or procedural questions, thus relieving our clients. After reviewing and evaluating all offers, the tendering phase ends with us making an award recommendation to our clients. Finally, during the award process, we provide support during contract negotiations and, if necessary, point out alternative solutions.
We always provide companies with neutral and independent advice on tenders for work contracts. We are not tied to any manufacturers or dealers of production and logistics systems. At the same time, we have a large network of suppliers and, thanks to many years of experience in production and logistics planning, extensive technical know-how. This enables us to prepare transparent, comparable offers for our clients.
Once the factory planning and tendering process has been completed, the implementation of the planned factory reorganization measures begins. This means that areas are restructured or expanded in accordance with the new layout and equipped with technical systems, such as production facilities or logistics systems. If necessary, buildings are also structurally modified or newly constructed.
The conversion or new construction of a factory often involves a large number of internal and external peo-ple, companies and authorities, most of whom are interconnected. Coordinating this complex network is an extraordinary task for the client. Especially since production has to run at full speed, because markets, cus-tomers and competitors don't take a break. agiplan stands by companies during the realization of their new factory: We oversee the installation and commissioning of machines and logistics systems and are the con-tact for suppliers and trades. If desired, we can also take over site management and offer comprehensive project management (project control).
As general planners, we have been building production facilities all over the world for over 50 years. What distinguishes us from others is our interdisciplinary team of consultants, plant planners, architects and pro-ject managers. Our expertise and experience in the field of integrated factory planning is incorporated into every new project: From plant structure planning and layout planning to the design of factory buildings and the turnkey handover and commissioning of the new factory. We guarantee the maximum added value and productivity of a factory - and thus assist companies in investment projects as well as in restructuring.
agiplan keeps an overview of all responsibilities and deadlines and knows what has to be done, when and by whom. Our consultants and plant planners with their professional know-hows in the field of production and logistics are your dedicated points of contact regarding the construction and assembly of production facilities and logistics systems. We monitor the commissioning of machines and technology and assist during the test phase. The supervision of all structural measures on the building is carried out by our architects for indus-trial construction. Thus we assure our clients that their plant will be completed within the scheduled time and cost frame and with the appropriate quality.
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