Optimising production

Optimising production

Goal: Better value creation

Better value creation through optimised production

No matter whether a company is producing in batches or to order, is an automobile component supplier or a foodstuff producer - production needs to be optimised and made as efficient as possible on an ongoing basis. Customers and competition make this unavoidable.

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5 facts about product optimisation

  • Short processing times, minimum stock and maximum utilisation are not necessarily contradictory.
  • Production can be made up to 50% more efficient.
  • Only 10% of all German companies optimise their production systematically.
  • SMEs in particular have great potential here.
  • Success factors: clear goals, a positive attitude and the involvement of the entire workforce.

Optimisation potential, from individual workplaces to the whole factory layout

Making production more efficient is an ongoing entrepreneurial target for all companies, whether they are producing in batches or to order, and whether they are automobile component suppliers or in the foodstuff industry. Customers and competition put pressure on costs, deadlines and service. The answer to these challenges: shorter processing times, less stock and more utilisation, with fewer machine failures and lower unit prices. agiplan projects have shown that the overall profitability and productivity of a production site can be improved by up to 50%.

Involve the shop floor workforce!

Only 10% of German companies consistently deploy methods for optimising production, such as lean manufacturing. Yet there is enormous potential in this area, particularly for SMEs producing small batches or products to order.

Processes can be optimised on virtually all levels - from the way in which individual workplaces are organised, to manufacturing and assembly processes, to the overall layout of the factory. Recognising potential and having the right responses to hand is a fine art. When implementing change, it is important to make sure the workforce on the shop floor supports the measures wholeheartedly, by involving them in the whole process.

Concentrating consistently on value creation

Frequently, pilot projects or best practices can be real eye-openers, as experience has shown. Entrenched processes can most easily be called into question using tangible examples. Once the appetite has been whet, there is nothing left to hinder large-scale change.

All that is then needed is a consistent course of action which aims at bringing value creation to a new level. From experience, agiplan knows how important it is for companies to follow an individual course of action designed to fit their own specific needs. Such a course of action will involve those who are affected by the changes, create an atmosphere of acceptance, and lead to the desired result: optimised production.




Steffen Koch

Steffen Koch

Head of Factory & Production