White Paper "Challenges in the fast-moving consumer goods industry""

How can overarching challenges in the FMCG industry and specific challenges in process technology, intralogistics, IT integration and architecture be addressed?

The fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, typically divided into food and non-food products, predominantly deals in highly-demanded, fast-moving items selling at relatively low cost. Companies often have to employ extensive distribution networks to move large quantities of their products into a fiercely competitive market in which profit margins are low and consumers need to be attracted with innovative products and eye-catching packaging. Find out in our White Paper, how io-consultants can help its partners to find solutions tailor-made to their unique business requirements. Companies striving to continuously attract customers in the large, high-volume non-food FMCG market face a number of challenges which need to be addressed in a quickly evolving market environment. To effectively showcase these challenges, the focus of this paper is firmly set on the personal, home and fabric care business within the FMCG industry.

What do challenges and solutions look like in detail?

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White Paper „Industry 4.0 Roadmap: Identification of applications with tangible added value”

What new possibilities does digitalization offer and how will the relevant fields of action and options be made transparent by an Industry 4.0 Roadmap?

Most large corporations are currently actively implementing concrete individual measures on the subject of digitalization, while medium-sized and small enterprises still have some catching up to do in terms of understanding and setting targets for Industry 4.0. The time is right to deal with the topic more intensively, as the hype of the early years is now being followed by concrete implementation possibilities on the one hand, and it is still possible to catch up with the pioneers on the other. Find out in our White Paper, how io-consultants deals with the area of "Smart Production" and thus Industry 4.0 in the narrower sense. The described procedure for the creation of a roadmap aims at a holistic view of existing concepts within production. It is not a matter of selectively optimizing individual areas, but of creating a networked system of solutions by taking all potentials into account, ideally based on a uniform infrastructure.

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White Paper "Food Preserving Processes for Industrial Applications"

How can food for industrial applications be preserved efficiently, hygienically and safely?

The deterioration of food is a natural, yet mainly unfavourable process in the industrial production and distribution of food. With time, microbiological and sensory properties of almost every food change, until it is no more suitable for sale or consumption. Find out in our White Paper, how to preserve food efficiently, hygienically and safely. In general, the preservation can be divided into three types of treatment: chemical, physical and biological. Depending on aspects like favoured product properties, raw material or production restrictions, one type of treatment can be more suitable than the others.

How do treatments and advantages of these preservation processes look like in detail?

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White Paper "Potentials of Virtual and Augmented Reality in Industrial Planning"

What contribution can current visualization technologies from the field of virtual reality make to project management in industrial planning?

In the course of constantly increasing demands on construction and investment projects by law and clients, new organizational structures and technologies are required in order to be able to meet all expectations of planning projects in the future. In our White Paper you can find out which potentials lie in the new visualization technologies that are used in the cooperation between customers and planners in complex planning projects and thus contribute to the success of the project. For example, visualization techniques of virtual and augmented reality enable new buildings and installations to be built virtually prior to the start of construction, which opens up undreamt opportunities for communication and collaboration between all stakeholders.

What do visualization technologies and areas of application look like in detail?

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White Paper "Factory Expansion at Existing Site: Transparent. Lean. Future-Proof.“

A production site for large electrical appliances with organically grown structures is to be expanded in order to increase production capacity and real net output ratios. How can the sustainable and long-term development of the location be ensured?

This white paper shows how, in the context of a master plan, the over-planning of the site took place despite limited expansion areas. The master plan thus not only meets the process requirements and space requirements, but also will enable a strategic orientation for the future.

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White Paper: "Value stream-based approach to factory design in a make-to-order production with seasonal demand fluctuations"

A building expansion is required to meet increasing demand in a make-to-order production system with strong seasonal fluctuations. How can this be planned in a systematic and sustainable way?

In the case at hand, a new production line was to be added at a factory for shading systems, requiring an annex on a neighboring plot of land. The white paper illustrates how value stream mapping was used to reveal the weak points in the existing production flows, and how improvement opportunities were developed in a value stream design workshop. The resulting layout for a holistic production system was subsequently implemented at the new site. Ensuing synergy effects have led to reduced handling and transport costs and significantly shorter throughput times.

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White Paper "Assembly Supply: Flexible. Economic. Dependable."

Find the best approach for your assembly supply process.

Increasing product individualisation and the resulting smaller lot sizes in assembly systems place high requirements on the flexibility and reliability of intralogistic supply processes. Many companies are presented with the challenge of selecting the best solution from the many diverse supply and transport systems on the market. In contrast to lighthouse projects in the media, the cost-effectiveness of each option is a deciding factor in a manufacturing environment.

The presented white paper describes the systematic evaluation of supply concepts for an facility with 40 assembly cells. Every hour, over 80 pallets and kitted carts are required to supply the assembly cells with parts and packaging materials. At first sight it appears to be a classic case for tugger trains… but does it have to be?

In our white paper we highlight four alternatives: manual tugger trains, automated tugger trains, forklift AGVs, and carrier AGVs. Identify the best suited solution for your application here.  

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About io‑consultants

io-consultants provides integrated consulting, design and planning services for production, logistics and supply chain management, as well as for architecture and IT projects. Since our launch in 1958, we have been helping our clients improve their supply and value chain with a wide range of services: from developing ideas into strategies to implementing complex industry projects as a lead consultant.