Daimler AG Stuttgart: Central Car Logistics
With flexis Demand Capacity Planning we were able to improve our ability to gain a quick overview of series and parts. This made it a lot easier to secure implementation scenarios and target delivery dates, and also to increase the reliability of planning in these areas. The time saved by the solution which operating failure-free since 2004 is substantial. Since the initial implementation, flexis Demand Capacity Planning has also further improved internal communications because all employees can access updated data at all times, and information flow, e.g. to the car series planners, functions more smoothly than was the case prior to the implementation of the flexis solution.
Hans Georg Kling, Daimler AG
Scheduling data increases reliability of planning. flexis ensures a clear view of the timeline.
The May issue of the magazine "Logistik heute" contains an article that describes how Daimler AG Stuttgart optimizes demand capacity management. A system for part demand calculation developed by flexis is of significant importance for this process.
The method is based on order-neutral planning considering all information available in the company. Thus part- and component demands are represented, even where there are no orders. In addition, all code demands are calculated and reported depending on the input variables in terms of their quality.
Daimler Gaggenau: Axle Assembly
More flexibility in the planning process. In the course of the project Assembly Planning Axle flexis optimizes production control.
By using flexis software for our pre- and final assembly, we managed to optimally implement the KAIZEN targets "one piece flow" and JPS in the order handling process. The order-synchronized control of set assembly and preassembly is the basis for our approach to optimal material flow configuration.
Manfred Mayer, Daimler AG
Daimler AG Mannheim: Engine Production
Precise planning without a buffer. flexis assist just in sequence production and supply
By using flexis software it is possible to display all relevant logistics and capacity constraints. We can detect much earlier if something is out of order. These two factors enabled our assembly to rely on the demand forecast which in turn led to significant stabilization of the entire plant.
Carl-Eduard Friedrich, Daimler AG
Mercedes Benz Cars: Central Logistics
Better long term planning
The central logistics at Mercedes-Benz Cars calculates its long term demand figures for the upcoming years on the basis of part numbers by using a flexis solution. flexis Demand Capacity Planning supports the planning process, which has so far been mostly done manually, with a system supported prognosis. This enables, for the first time, the calculation of global demand figures of large part number ranges – for all plants and series of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
In communication with sales, development, plants, and purchasing, the logistics department forecasts long term parts demand with flexis Demand Capacity Planning, which closes the gap at the end of the operational planning horizon. Actual orders only exist for the next nine months. In the past it was already possible to do detailed planning for the corresponding time horizon based on these orders. In addition, flexis Demand Capacity Planning now enables the calculation of demand and parts availability based on volume forecasting for a planning horizon of up to three years. In addition, flexis Demand Capacity Planning calculates part number requirements for this period, which can be compared with the available or agreed upon capacity, based on planned car volumes, configuration probabilities, and its underlying bill of material information. Supported by the new vehicle production plan and in cooperation with the actual sales planning, 700,000 monthly demand figures for around 60,000 part numbers have already been calculated with the flexis solution and the results have been communicated to the suppliers.
Transparency of different resources
Besides the innovative demand calculation based on configuration forecasting, flexis Demand Capacity Planning offers another functionality, which simplifies the forward-looking and reliable planning considerably: the solution offers a graphic user interface, which allows the analysis of input data from varying source systems. The flexis installation hereby ensures that the data sources and their statuses can always be tracked. A shortage of part numbers of part families will be indicated in color and can be analyzed separately. This way bottlenecks can be recognized early on and resolved very specifically.
Forecasting creates planning security
Especially in times of hectic growth it pays off to be able to inform suppliers early on about future demand. With flexis Demand Capacity Planning flexis offers a solution which calculates long term part number demands and thus makes a valuable contribution to reliable demand and capacity planning.