Optimising with LPS

LPS is a structured method to thoroughly examine your company’s logistics processes. Not only will you be able to identify any problems, but also determine how to run to your processes more efficiently.  LPS will deliver a comprehensive plan-of-action in order to implement the identified improvement opportunities. Even relatively small changes can lead to big results and by designing processes more intelligently, energy consumption will reduce at the same time.

 

LPS can also be used when your current ERP system is not up to scratch anymore and will need to be replaced. We will support and guide you by implementing the latest ERP system. A well-functioning ERP system forms the basis of a successful company.

 

Methods used when running a Logistic Potential Scan:

 

-   5S

5S creates a clean and organised work environment with tools and parts neatly stored away yet within reach of the work floor.

 

-   Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping shows the entire production process – from planning to order delivery - by using post-it notes. An improvement plan will be assembled, after having established which steps add value to the customer and which don’t. The latter will be removed.

 

-   Process Flow Design

A process flow design can be compared to an assembly belt where successive operations of equal time duration are carried out. Assembly processes are particularly well suited to be arranged as flow.

 

-   Cell Production

Cell production can be applied to the assembly of consecutive operations of unequal duration or when machines are relatively inexpensive.

 

-   Lean Manufacturing Simulation Game

In order to start up a Lean project and to gain hands-on experience in Lean Manufacturing, the production process will be simulated by using Lego bricks. Players will stand to gain a good insight into the current batch-size procedures and the transfer to flow production.

 

-   Kanban, Conwip and Polca

These are self-regulating (manufacturing) systems to regulate the production flow on the work floor.  Each product is linked to a card or bin. A card is attached to each product belonging to a certain bin. When the bin is empty, a signal is triggered to start replenishing the bin and to re-order the product.
This way the total orders on the work floor will never outnumber the number of cards or bins. The drawback is that the location of a bin is not visible, making the point of when the product will emerge from the production line not visible either.

 

-   SMED

Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) is a lean production method aimed at reducing the changeover time.

 


Here’s a selection of projects we have carried out using Logistic Potential Scans:

-   Throughput time reduction

-   Kanban and JIT-process design

-   Kanban process redesign

-   Lean line installations

-   SMED programmes

-   Waste reduction programmes

-   Process planning simplification

-   Production process simplification

-   Lean implementation

-   Warehouse design

-   ERP system support and implementation.