Manufacturing and assembly are often the focal point when it comes to lean manufacturing principles. However, if logistics requirements are not accounted for, the full potential of optimization simply cannot be reached.

Seamless coordination of manufacturing and logistics proves especially advantageous in material staging processes. The challenge is for logistics to approach the manufacturing unit and present alternatives while encouraging a total-cost point of view. Quality and ergonomic requirements must also be taken into account at this interface. Multi-order picking is growing more prevalent, particularly in the automotive industry, where the variety of models is constantly increasing and assembly takes place on one line.

Optimized material staging design

Integrated material staging design with support from 4flow leads to the following results:

  • Transparency about materials inventory in manufacturing
  • Substantial reduction of materials inventory in manufacturing areas
  • Freeing up space in manufacturing area (introducing supermarket-style picking and creating sets of parts)
  • Increased employee productivity in manufacturing and logistics with lean principles
  • Demand-based material staging for manufacturing and assembly
  • Clear definition of areas of accountability
  • Comprehensive visualization and increase in availability
  • Transparency about potentials using Logistics 4.0 solutions

4flow has extensive experience integrating all the functions involved in a specific process. With integrated material supply design, 4flow unites the requirements of manufacturing, logistics, quality and ergonomics.

4flow harmonizes the different requirements
4flow harmonizes the different requirements

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