Have you ever had the opportunity to visit the shop floor of a manufacturing company? I have … to be more specific, I worked on an assembly line for textile machines before I studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany). I was fascinated with the traffic on the shop floor – all of the forklifts driving around and the amount of workers carrying material from one workstation to another. Of course this was more than 20 years ago.
Today companies optimize material flow to reduce transportation, which is one of the seven wastes targeted by lean manufacturing practices. Reducing inventory costs and transportation devices can be achieved as well. The optimization of material flow can be a complex task that is influenced by many factors, like cycle time and required number of parts per hour, number and type of transportation devices, storage space at the line, delivery concepts like just-in-sequence and much more.
Tecnomatix helps you to analyze and optimize material flow, which results in improved throughput of your assembly lines and material delivery systems prior to production. Optimization is performed in a virtual environment, allowing you to validate and compare different control strategies or parameters that impact system performance without affecting your current production systems.