Step by step to lean logistics
The path to installing a tugger train system
The potential of lean logistics is not yet being fully exploited. The strategy has many clear benefits and offers a significant competitive advantage.
‘Only that which changes can remain’ is the company’s approach to remaining flexible and ultimately competitive on the market. Lean logistics incorporates classic lean methods and uses these to optimise logistical processes, such as eliminating unnecessary process steps.
The advantages of lean logistics
Supply can be timed perfectly: just-in-time or just-in-sequence:
- Just-in-time: the required goods are delivered to a precise location in the right quantity and at the right time for further processing.
- Just-in-sequence: the goods are also delivered in the right sequence as required for production, which is often necessary as a result of growing product variation and individualisation.
Forklift-free production reduces the number of trucks required in the material flow, thereby saving investment and operating costs.
The processing time per carrier is reduced to a minimum.
The work processes become faster, more efficient and more secure.
We have summarised the advantages of tugger train systems in this white paper in order to present a comprehensive argument for introducing tugger trains as part of a lean logistics strategy.
How lean is your material supply process?
If the answer to the following questions regarding the current status of your warehouse and transport logistics is ‘YES’, you should carefully consider introducing lean principles:
1. Do you often have surplus production?
2. Do you have unnecessary stock?
3. Are there delays in your process chain?
4. Do you see potential to make your production processes more efficient?
5. Do your employees express dissatisfaction regarding ergonomics, work safety or other workplace processes?