Increase your process quality with an integrated value stream analysis
The value stream analysis is a lean management method, which enables us to identify the status quo of your company’s material and information flows and reveal any weaknesses.
Not only does this give you a clear depiction of your processes, interfaces and communications along the entire value chain and in individual sections of your processes, it also provides the basis to derive potential for optimisation. But we don’t just help you to identify potential, we also help you to implement it.
How do we carry out a value stream analysis?
Value stream assessment
To determine a transparent and complete picture of your current situation, we carry out specific process assessments and measurements of individual process steps as part of the value stream analysis; we also hold extensive interviews and workshops with all process stakeholders in your organisation, as well as with all other relevant partners. The aim is to identify and establish a structure of the current processes and conditions, creating a sound basis for analysis.
Then as part of the assessment, we measure and evaluate the value stream in your company on the basis of various indicators. Examples of indicators include the total lead time, the proportion of “non-value added” time to the total lead time and, in turn, the time when value is actually created. In addition, we identify interim storage locations within the production cycle, as well as the inventory levels on site, and make them measurable for the optimisation.
As a result of the value stream mapping, the non-value added processes can be identified, creating a clear and structured roadmap with potential for optimisation. This serves as a starting point for the second phase, in which the value stream design is developed.
Target concept definition/re-design phase – validating tailored measures
Close observation of the different levels of your value stream is vital in order to develop appropriate measures to improve it. Our analysis provides a visualisation on three levels – the production processes, the material flow and the information flow – in a clear and intuitive form.
The problems identified in the mapping can be systematically and comprehensively optimised in a target concept. Here lies one of the great advantages of the value stream approach: an integrated optimisation which takes into account its impact on other areas.
With the help of simulation calculations, the value stream design will collect key figures that enable the various optimisation measures to be assessed, thus serving as a basis to make decisions surrounding the target concept.
This target concept can then be implemented in the third phase and continuously developed from there.
Adaption/implementation phase – implementation with optimised value stream design
The third step is where the optimisation measures are implemented. Depending on the chosen target concept and focus, savings can be made in stock reduction, for example, so that capital, storage space and resource usage can be tracked using indicators.
In addition to this savings potential, you achieve an optimised response time to customer requirements, thanks to the reduced lead time, resulting in increased market flexibility. Plus, your process quality is increased across the entire supply chain.
- Strengthened internal financing by releasing tied-up capital
- Optimised use of resources
- Improved performance and efficiency throughout the entire supply chain
- Significantly increased responsiveness to changing markets and customer requirements