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Value stream design

Value stream design is proving to be a key method for target-oriented optimization of production even in times of »Industry 4.0«. Even the most modern technologies do not lead to an efficient factory if the new means are not used in a targeted manner to design the factory. This detailed presentation of the value stream method has been providing systematic assistance for over 10 years on how to get from factory goals via the concept of an efficient production process to the factory layout.

The author provides easily comprehensible instructions for the effective analysis of production processes, for product family-oriented factory structuring as well as for the goal-oriented development of an ideal target state of production. The book conveys in a memorable way the ten design guidelines for production optimization and layout planning with the associated formulas, explanatory graphics and detailed industrial examples, which have been tried and tested in numerous industrial projects. The book is aimed at specialist audiences and practitioners who want to avoid waste and systematically improve the value stream in their factories, as well as students, the practitioners of tomorrow.

The content of the 3rd edition has been expanded to include an additional practical example from the steel industry on the one hand and the methodical consideration of the flexibility bottleneck on the other. This brings the application of the lean principles into focus both in the process industry and in variant production. In addition, the »monument method«, which has meanwhile proven itself in the layout planning of convertible factories, will be presented for the first time.

The author

Dr. phil. Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Erlach studied mechanical engineering and philosophy in Darmstadt, Stuttgart, Tübingen and Cottbus. He has been working at Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart since 2000. He advises the manufacturing industry from numerous sectors on the value stream-oriented planning of factories and the optimization of production processes and develops suitable design methods. He is also a lecturer at several universities. In addition, he deals in publications and lectures with the technotope where humans live.

Keywords

Factory planning Production Production optimization Production planning Production control Production systems Value stream analysis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Fraunhofer IPAStuttgartGermany

About the authors

Dr. phil. Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Erlach studied mechanical engineering and philosophy in Darmstadt, Stuttgart, Tübingen and Cottbus. He has been working at Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart since 2000. He advises the manufacturing industry from numerous sectors on the value stream-oriented planning of factories and the optimization of production processes and develops suitable design methods. He is also a lecturer at several universities. He also deals in publications and lectures on the technically shaped place where people live - the technotope.

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