Factory Planning: Support for the Factory of the Future

Adding value with Industry 4.0 is an issue that involves optimizing many areas, such as logistics and production.

However, the decisive factor is a modern factory where all of these areas come together efficiently. This can be achieved by improving the material flow as well as the flow of information in processes themselves and in individual areas. Everything is predicated on well-thought-out factory planning, from the right site selection and ideal space requirements to the most appropriate working environments.   

Plant structure planning for a sustainable future

A company can be made future-proof by developing a plant structure plan that takes both current and future products into account. Such a concept is sustainable and supports a company in the long term so that important decisions have a solid basis. Production that focus on the value stream requires carefully planned processes, structures, and layouts. It is necessary to define affordable and energy-efficient building structures and processes, taking into account the required capacity and space requirements while allowing maximum flexibility with respect to future changes.

Master planning as a common thread – an area where everyone pulls together

The sustainability of a company never depends on one aspect alone, and this is exactly what excellent plant structure planning will reflect. Especially in the age of Industry 4.0, the possible tension between technological and psychological factors plays a major role. It is essential to bear this in mind for change management in particular, but also for factory planning when it comes to designing actual working environments. In our view, we have the task of translating and adapting ideas in key areas of value creation, helping our clients to understand and use the right technologies in order to create a production and work environment where the priority is one single goal: the success of the company and the people who work there. 

In-depth factory planning entails much more than the optimization of cycle times, the use of resources, and the specification of equipment and systems: it aims to establish an ideal working system design and to improve the overall organizational structure.

Working Worlds 4.0 in manufacturing SMEs

Especially in today’s world, the correct design of work environments is an immensely important approach to becoming more productive and efficient. From territorial and non-territorial workspaces to the “clean desk” philosophy, everything centers on the balance of productivity, workload, and employee well-being. This can include everything from the room layout to technical requirements and the choice of office furniture – indeed, there are many other important considerations, such as establishing a management culture that focuses on workspaces.

This applies to all sectors, and SMEs in particular have an opportunity to take a big step forward on the journey to creating a factory of the future in terms of their own value creation and in the recruitment of skilled workers.

It makes no difference whether this stage is called a general development plan, a plant structure plan, or a master plan – what does matter is that there is adequate expertise and experience available to identify and follow the right direction. That is what makes us experts in factory planning in all its depth and breadth.

Sieghard Schmetzer

Sieghard Schmetzer

Partner, Director Business Unit
Phone: +49 731 93680 226

Samuel Schwarzer

Samuel Schwarzer

Associate Partner, Key Account Manager USA
Phone: +1.864.804.1936

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