Logistics encompasses planning, realization, monitoring and control of material and information flows in inter- and intra-company networks. We help create transparent processes and structures with the aim of ensuring a highly responsive and efficient value addition.

DESIGN OF LOGISTICS SYSTEMS

At the INSTITUTE FOR MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE (IMX), “logistics” encompasses classical logistic activities such as warehousing, materials supply, inbound and outbound transports, as well as the management of all materials and information flows. During the conception and implementation of logistics systems, comprehensive value stream analyses are used to determine the required materials flows in a plant. Accordingly, the required resources, both human and materials, are determined. Most importantly, the control mechanisms for the assessment and fulfilment of materials demands are defined. Information flows and visualization tools are implemented in the entire plant using state-of-the-art technologies. Particular importance is given to the flexibility factor, to ensure the functionality of the system even in volatile environments.

While designing logistics systems, IMX not only develops technical concepts, but also provides support to the deployment of benchmark technologies. Hereby, the extensive practical experience of our consultants plays a vital role in ensuring a realistic conception and smooth implementation of even the most complex logistics systems.

INTEGRATED PLANNING AND CONTROL

The physical provision of a product at the right time and at the right place necessitates an effective production system as well as management of the upstream material supply network. The approach of IMX focusses on a consequent alignment of all processes in accordance with the demand of the final customer, with particular attention paid to the minimization of lead times. From rolling production plans that are based on current sales plans to the technical and commercial processing of orders, informational and organizational structures are installed to secure an inter-connected and thorough process control mechanism. Ideally, potential disturbances are detected in advance and their cause eliminated immediately. The use of modern technologies enables the role-specific provision of information for supporting decision-making. All in all, the focus remains on aligning all processes in a manner that allows immediate and dynamic reaction to customer requirements.

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

Stocks of production materials, work-in-progress articles and finished goods not only occupy capital costs and liquidity, but are also indicators of process stability and efficiency. Therefore, the active monitoring and management of these stocks supports the economic success of a company as well as process design and improvement.

Through their extensive on-line experience in production environments, the consultants at IMX recognize the multitude of factors influencing stock build-up, which enables our experts to uncover deficiencies and weaknesses in the existing system. The focus of our activities is not the undifferentiated elimination of all stocks, but the calculation of an optimum level with respect to stock levels, process and personnel costs, flexibility and availability across all areas. Selective buffers and the dynamic adjustment of their levels are also part of the supply process design, with the ultimate priority being the satisfaction of customer demands.

SUPPLIER MANAGEMENT

Since products are not the result of singular production processes but of complex value addition processes in the production network, the integration of suppliers in the process design and the management of supplier relationships have gained critical importance in ensuring a company’s success. The creation of supplier portfolios, the selection of suppliers and their evaluation must be carried in co-operation with the corresponding departments such as development, quality management, purchasing, production and logistics. Supplier performance in terms of adherence to deadlines and promised quantities, compliance to quality targets and other criteria are consequently to be tracked. In addition, an active management system has to be implemented to allow preventive as well as reactive protective measures if required. A structured supplier development also supports the sustainable and efficient supply to production.

TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT

Rising customer demands, global competition and volatility are only some of the factors that complicate the efficient management of inbound and outbound logistics. The creation of transport structures and networks, the informational connection of the different players and the flexible management of the transport flows are part of the competence spectrum of IMX.

IT-supported network analysis and simulations support the conceptualization of transport systems so that suitable service providers can be found and their operational performance can be tracked and monitored based on defined targets. Additionally, wide-spread knowledge of the transport market and its players enables our consultants to establish functional and efficient transport networks.

LAUNCH MANAGEMENT

The coordination of all material flows during product launch and discontinuation requires a deep understanding of the complexities, deficiencies and vulnerabilities associated with these processes. Regardless of prior preparations, it is imperative to quickly react to and manage disturbances that endanger output.

The management of variants and changes in an environment with new players, structures and processes is carried out with the help of proven methods and instruments. The IT-supported monitoring of processes in the supply chain enable a fast detection of possible disturbances and defects. Our consultants support our customers methodically and operationally in managing the ramp-up curve and reaching the peak production line.