Consulting and Planning
Our specialist Consulting Services will work with you to identify your requirements and help you to realise your goals through an intralogistics solution. Therefore, it is crucial to understand your business in order to assist you in optimising your logistics. This involves gathering detailed knowledge of your organisation, your objectives and what you’re striving for. Working closely with you, we can explore all your options through in-depth analysis and on-site assessments.
Understanding your business and its objectives is critical to determining the means by which to achieve them. Therefore we examine your company and your supply chain. We identify any limiting factors and analyse your data and processes. This results in an optimal logistics solution that utilises the right level of automation to deliver a fast return on investment (ROI).
Asking the right questions, backed by powerful analytical tools and supported by our detailed industry knowledge helps us create a solution that is tailored to your demands, lowering costs, increasing your service levels and accelerating your business success.
Our Consulting Services involve in-depth consultations, data analysis, feasibility studies, concept design, systems engineering and project planning as well as detailed lifecycle costings and simulation.
- Cost reduction – by planning and implementing the optimum degree of automation, making efficient use of available space and by building a standardised IT landscape, which can be further expanded and enhanced.
- Improved service levels – with solutions that increase throughput, speed and accuracy of your deliveries direct to end customers or retail outlets.
- Faster return on investment – achieved through value-creating systems that are geared precisely to your operational requirements to produce bigger savings from day one.
- Greater transparency – delivered through state-of-the-art Warehouse Management Software (WMS) for accurate sequencing, controlling, tracking and tracing throughout the installation.
- Reduced complexity – achieved using industry-wide open standards to cut the number of interfaces to a minimum, and by intelligently combining people with technology.
Data and Requirement Analysis
Based on raw data, we start our in-depth analysis by taking a look at your current processes and various operating areas to fully understand your business.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS KEY
In this phase your contribution is key to understanding your material flows and creating solutions that meet all of your requirements. In return, you can count on the extensive knowledge of our Data Analysts and System Designers who will collate and input your data for analysis.
Following our structured data analysis, we obtain your raw data and convert it into accurate information for the conceptualising and design of your optimised material flow. All your planning data like inventory, order structures and ABC structures for current and future operations are taken into account from the outset. This structured approach includes:
- Data requirements analysis
- Data processing
- Data cleaning
- Exploratory data analysis
- Data visualisation
Concept and Process Design
The best solution always wins
What you are searching for is a well thought out system that meets your needs now and in the future. Our systems engineering is based on in-depth industry knowledge, creative forward thinking and the desire to develop an optimum solution for our customers. To achieve this, our systems design and planning teams will work with you to overcome the complexity of your logistical challenges.
Creative forward thinking
It is the entire logistics solution that is important. Your challenges are evident in your data, which is analysed by TGW to identify the most probable or highest impact failures that can occur. From this, our systems engineers start finding sophisticated and optimised solutions to overcome these challenges.
Managing complexity and developing the best solutions is our passion, which drives us day by day. By identifying and quantifying system goals, creating system design concepts and selecting and implementing the best design, we produce successful systems. Your success is our success.
Latest system design techniques
For designing an optimum solution we use the latest systems engineering techniques including:
- System architecture modelling
- System dynamics
- Systems design
- Statistical analysis
- Reliability analysis
Lifecycle-Cost and Benchmark
Well-informed decisions with lifecycle costs
Owners, users and managers need to make decisions on the acquisition and ongoing use of many different assets, including items of equipment and the facilities to house them. The initial capital outlay cost is usually clearly defined and is often a key factor in influencing the final choice of asset.
However, the initial capital outlay is only one part of the cost of a distribution centre’s lifecycle, all of which needs to be considered when making the right choice for investment. The total cost of ownership is far greater than the initial capital outlay and can vary significantly between alternative solutions.
Lifecycle Costing: Basis for Business Case
With our Lifecycle Costing methodology, it is possible to identify and document all the costs involved over the entire lifecycle of your distribution centre.
Why is Lifecycle Costing important?
Prior to your decision to invest in a new distribution centre, you need to take a look beyond the up-front investment and use our Lifecycle Costing method to establish the final Business Case. Be sure to assess all direct and indirect costs involved over the entire lifecycle or ask us!
- Improved systems design (through improved understanding of resources used and utilities over the expected lifecycle)
- Assessment of future resource requirements
- Assessment of comparative costs of potential acquisition - allowing you to decide between sources of supply
- Optimised operational and maintenance support, through more detailed understanding of input requirements over the expected lifecycle
- Assessment when assets approach the end of their economic life to establish if renewal is required (by understanding changes in input requirements such as manpower and utility consumption as the asset ages).
Simulation and Emulation
Simulation forms the basis of your decision
Anyone can perform a simple analysis via spreadsheets. However, as the complexity of the system with a number of interdependencies increases, so does the need to employ professional simulation tools to hedge implementation risks.
Using simulation, we can include randomness through properly identified data. Our simulation approach also allows us to track interdependencies through arrival and service events individually - the aim being to map and adapt dynamic processes and to initiate their implementation.
Enlightening system evaluations
TGW helps you to plan and optimise your distribution centre and material flow using professional virtual simulation tools during systems design phase. The spectrum ranges from cycle time analysis, to accessibility and ‘what-if’ analysis and validation of the layout. Through simulation, a range of advantages and optimisation potentials are created. Your expectations are high. Ours too.
Through the application of simulation, you will achieve:
- Lower capital expenditure
- Accurate system depiction for informed investment decisions
- Accurate insight for advanced supply chain planning
- Transparent supply chain processes
- A system that is tried and tested under realistic conditions
- Targeted focus on resources in areas which will provide the biggest benefit
- Proper labour assignments
- Identification of bottlenecks and presentation of the implications, resulting in improvements to the process quality
- Risk-free analysis and comparison of improvement measures