New projects or renovation of packaging facilities pose a challenge regarding
profitability of future business. This goal cannot be achieved just by
optimising placement of packaging lines or with standard logistics planning.
With a product portfolio of 500 - 1000 different presentations and a production
volume ranging from 100 to 1
packages, the allocation of production resources like machines, production
personnel, service personnel, format parts and many other variables, call for
The three projects below are just some of the examples that demonstrate our
experience in this field:
- Schering, Berlin.
New planning of the packaging department for coated tablets.
was allocating packaging orders to 8 different packaging lines. An
ABC-analysis showed a typical asymmetrical
distribution for high and small volume presentations. Another complication was
that the individual cartoner restricts the speed of the whole line due to the
high amount of small 1-3 blister packages being handled. Here a customised
linking of production lines was the answer.
- Merck, Darmstadt.
Renovation of the packaging department.
The required number of packaging lines and their capacity were investigated
using computer simulation. In particular we looked at optimisation of
changeover times that was disproportional
to the line speed, and this resulted in reduction of needed machinery.
- Boehringer Ingelheim, Ingelheim.
Conceptual study of a new packaging factory for a new product with blockbuster
this example the variety of options in the study we presented allowed the
customer to determine
the optimum mix of high and low speed packaging lines.