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Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping
by Florian Geiger

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) creates Transparency

An essential element of an efficient production process is a lean organization with high equipment availability, a high degree of efficiency and low scrap rates. With Value Stream Mapping we use a recognized method to measure and display transparently the current structure of the entire processing landscape.

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) optimizes individual process steps

Key processes, peripheral areas as well as the supplier-customer chain must be evaluated. Using our enhanced analysis of value stream, also called Value-Stream-Mapping (VSM), we clarify central influences.

TOOLBOX plus

Our creative consultants have expanded recognized methods of value stream mapping using complex simulation to create an additional analytical instrument.

Tailored Value Stream Mapping

To visualize the current situation and simulate target processes our consulting experts can utilize special Software-Tools. Through simulation of all steps of a customer-specific production cycle, bottlenecks in material and information flow in the value chain can be closely analyzed and evaluated. With your team we develop effective process optimization which is exactly tailored to your requirements on-site.

Typical Results of Value Stream Mapping

  • Cost savings through reduction of inventory levels
  • Increase savings potential through revision of various process steps
  • Reduction of cycle times
  • Reduction of transport distances

Value stream analysis in practice

In the automotive supplier industry we implemented value stream mapping to reveal potential savings. The visualization of the value stream was achieved with specialized, industry standard software tools, which along with process transparency enable the systematic evaluation of complex process relationships and interfaces. Resource planning (manpower, machines, tools, and logistics) plays a central role.

Based on the results of our analysis, our logistics experts along with our clients defined the target process. After simulation of various alternative process procedures, the measures were obtained which were best suited to sustain a continuous improvement of the value stream:

  • Standardization of the process timing in a two shift operation
  • Reduction of intermediate inventory
  • Optimization of workflow
  • Introduction of the Pull-Principle

The productivity of an automotive supplier was sustainably increased. The throughput times were reduced by 20%, the buffer stocks and transport times by up to 50%.