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Competence Field Production Management

Competence Field Production Management


COMPETENCE FIELD PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT


The management of production as a socio-technical system poses immense challenges for employees at all levels of management and execution. Thus, the value-added processes necessary for the provision of services, including the associated requirements for e.g. the availability and provision of resources and materials, must be planned, organised, enforced and controlled in compliance with specified objectives. Often, however, this cannot be achieved in a fully satisfactory manner, since decisions made in different process stages may bring about local improvements, but at the same time may also have a negative impact on the achievement of the objectives of the overall system due to interactions across different stages. The reasons for this are often difficult to identify and require a structured analysis of the process steps in progress.

A general distinction is made between strategic, tactical and operational production management. The main distinguishing feature is the time horizon (maturity) of the decisions taken. While strategic production management defines the long-term orientation of production and production system objectives, tactical production management focuses on any necessary structural adjustments and changes, such as the identification of the optimal order processing strategy or the required production principle, in order to implement the strategic decisions in line with the objectives. The concrete planning of measures for the provision of services, e.g. within the framework of the preparation of a production plan, the dimensioning of production lot sizes or the definition of order priorities, fall within the tasks of operational production management. Production management is closely linked to factory planning over the entire time horizon, so that the right resources are available in the right numbers for any strategic reorientation, structural adjustments or capacity bottlenecks. 

The Institute of Production Systems and Logistics (IFA), in cooperation with industrial companies, is concerned with the causal relationships in the field of production management with the aim of sustainably improving the order handling processes in companies. Since the foundation of the institute in 1966 a multitude of findings and models for production planning and control as well as production controlling have been researched. The research activities range from the general description of cause-and-effect relationships at individual supply chain elements (e.g. the effect of sequence rules on the logistical target values), the development of generally valid key figure systems for the supply chains of companies, to the holistic description of the processes taking place and their effect within production planning and control. Among the models recognised worldwide are the production logistics target cross, which shows the conflict of objectives between high logistics performance (short delivery times and high adherence to delivery dates) and low logistics costs (high capacity utilisation and low inventories), as well as the funnel model and the flow chart based on it for describing elementary correlations of logistical (target) variables in production capacities. The development of the Hanoverian Supply Chain Model (HaLiMo) represents a milestone in the continuous description of the tasks and processes in the production planning and control of a company and the linking of these with the core processes of the supply chain (procurement, production & dispatch).

In the course of various (consulting) projects for industrial companies of various sectors and sizes, we have supported our partners in production management on a strategic, tactical and operational level, thus improving the order processing within the supply chain. The projects carried out range from investigations of capacity and load management, logistics-oriented potential analyses to increase adherence to delivery dates and reduce stocks in production and in storage stages, to the analysis of the production system and the holistic design of production planning and control. In order to ensure the best possible efficiency and transparency as well as a target-oriented positioning in the conflict between (logistics) performance and (logistics) costs, we therefore apply established logistics models, such as production characteristics and the funnel model, but also methods of data analytics and programs for mass data evaluation as well as material flow simulation in our projects. In doing so, we always follow our claim to develop holistic and well-founded solutions together with the industrial company, which increase transparency in order processing, positively support the logistical achievement of objectives in the long term and thus strengthen competitiveness in the long term.

On this page you will find our wide range of services and sample projects in the field of production management, with which we support industrial companies in the optimisation of processes in production planning and control as well as in the establishment and further development of effective production controlling. The offers shown are to be understood as a first indication. We would be pleased to design an offer individually tailored to your questions and challenges.

CONSULTING SERVICES FOR THE COMPETENCE FIELD PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT


REFERENCE PROJECTS IN THE COMPETENCE AREA PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

CONTACT PERSON

M. Sc. Alexander Mütze
Research Staff
M. Sc. Alexander Mütze
Research Staff