Material Flow and Manufacturing Operations
Design Systems, Inc. has completed thousands of material flow and manufacturing layout studies, across multiple industries, providing us with insights to solve complex strategic and operational problems, from diagnosis through implementation.
Our layout optimization and material flow services are provided by supply chain and industrial engineering consultants who are also experts in related productivity improvement methods such as lean & six sigma, simulation, ergonomics, and work standards. As a result, clients benefit from overall productivity and quality improvement mindset when they engage Design Systems, Inc.'s layout optimization services. Our team utilizes tools such as:
- ProPlanner Flow Planner
- Autodesk Factory Design Suite
- Multiple Simulation Software Packages
Contact our team to learn more about how Design Systems, Inc. can help your firm improve your supply chain!
- Planning and Design
Planning and Design
WE PLAN, WE DESIGN, WE IMPLEMENT
The inception of any operating facility design is rooted in the principles of lean manufacturing and warehousing. Design Systems, Inc. has considerable experience in developing preliminary design and specifications for manufacturing and warehousing facilities. Based upon the facility’s plan, space requirements analysis and defined operational flexibility, Design Systems, Inc. develops a schematic concept design to properly define the project at hand. We identify all aspects of the building, including lighting, floor loads, clearances, entrances, flow patterns, process gas requirements and environmental requirements unique to your operations.
By understanding our client’s objectives, we can assess whether there is a cost abatement component, a capacity component or a quality component. Our team utilizes lean and six sigma methodologies to include but are not limited to:
- Value Stream Mapping
- Balanced Production
- Manufacturing Time Definition
- Line Capacity Analysis
- Production Control Systems and Andon
- Single-Piece Flow and Work-in Process Management
- Receiving and Warehouse process Architecture
- Constant Daily Output and Leveling Production
- Inventory Management and Kanban
Design Systems, Inc. performs a complete and thorough assessment of your company’s capabilities and limitations. We develop a value added, high-impact plan to elevate operations within your industry. With an understanding of your business, customer requirements, and inputs, we will raise your profit margin while your customers benefit from productivity and functionality gains with an overall increase in quality.
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- Plan For Every Part (PFEP)
Plan For Every Part (PFEP)
Design Systems, Inc. has been making material flow systems more efficient for over 30 years. It’s no secret our team facilitates improving supply chain efficiency through Lean Mmanufacturing techniques, and by streamlining material flows and reducing inventory. However, many still overlook a key area: Lean Material Handling Systems that tightly link parts to production operations. A Plan for Every Part (PFEP) Program is one way to shorten supply chain cycle times, get the right parts to the right place at the right time, optimizing your warehouse and material flow while reducing inventory. It enables an organization the ability to create a more lean supply chain.
A Plan for Every Part Program maintains information about every part used in your operation: where it comes from, how it’s purchased and received, its weight and dimensions, and how it’s packaged, stored and delivered. Numerous companies have this information; however, it’s in silos throughout the organization. A PFEP brings disparate parts data together in one centralized database.
- Improved material flow efficiencies
- Shortened product launch times at targeted costs
- Reduced packaging costs using standardized packaging
- Optimized freight utilization with cubing estimates
- Minimized inventory
- Minimized obsolescence
- Improved visibility for problem solving
- Multi-threaded inventory optimization
To help companies implement PFEP programs, Design Systems, Inc. developed a roadmap and a set of supporting tools. The result: efficient development, deployment and maintenance of a PFEP. Ready to take your material-handling system to the next level? Contact our team to begin a robust development process for your PFEP.