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Material flow planning

The end-to-end optimization of all material and information flows lowers costs of internal logistics and increases security of supply and flexibility.

Outdated logistics processes often make it necessary to redesign the flow of materials and goods. The establishment of new sites can also create the need for a new material flow concept.

In both of these cases, it is essential for material flow planning that a holistic approach to planning is taken in order to seize opportunities for more efficiency. Our supply chain experts at 4flow consulting take processes, process control, infrastructure, and space into consideration when designing new material flow concepts.

Benefits of material flow planning

In material flow planning projects with clients, 4flow consulting regularly achieves considerable reductions in supply chain costs. Typical results include the:

  • Reduction of resources required for internal supply processes (through the introduction of regular tugger routes for example)
  • Minimization of the inventories for materials and goods
  • Reduction of space required for logistics
  • Optimization of throughput times for logistics processes

With comprehensive material flow planning, flexibility can be increased and process stability and productivity in logistics can be increased.

Solutions from 4flow

For a holistic material flow concept, 4flow consulting takes process controls, space, and processes for all areas of improvement into consideration.
For a holistic material flow concept, 4flow consulting takes process controls, space, and processes for all areas of improvement into consideration.

A material flow planning project begins by examining and documenting existing processes, the infrastructure and space as well as the necessary data. These elements, along with customer requirements and the supply chain strategy form the initial basis for the new material flow processes. The management of materials, different spaces and the layout for the logistics processes are then planned as part of an iterative planning process.

The investments required to implement the new processes and the operating costs also become visible.

4flow consulting applies our own 4flow lean logistics planning methods to our material flow planning. A combination of effective lean logistics modules allow for customized solutions at a high rate of standardization.

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