Production Methods and Tools

Enterprise Resource PlanNing (ERP) Systeme

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) describes the task of a company to control and plan resources such as capital, personnel and operating resources in good time in order to be able to guarantee efficient value-added processes and continuously optimised business and operational processes.


The term Kaizen stands for “change for the better” and describes both a Japanese philosophy of life and work and a methodical concept with the aim of striving for continuous improvement. This is achieved through a step-by-step, selective optimization of a process or product. The concept is also known under the terms Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) and Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) as a management system with the goal of continuous quality improvement and cost reduction.


Kanban is a method that is used in production process control with the aim of controlling the value chain of a multi-level integration chain at every level to optimize costs. The KANBAN method is based exclusively on the actual consumption of materials at the point of consumption or staging. This allows a reduction of the local stocks of preliminary products in and near production.

M2M (Internet of things)

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) beschreibt den automatisierten Informationsaustausch zwischen Endgeräten untereinander oder mit einer zentralen Leitstelle. Dazu wird auf das Internet oder andere Übertragungsarten wie Mobilfunknetze zurückgegriffen. Dies kann beispielsweise zur Fernüberwachung, -kontrolle und -wartung von Maschinen, Anlagen und System eingesetzt werden.


The objective key result model is used for targeted and modern management. A clear objective is combined with tools for measuring key performance indicators (Key Results).

Bead-Chain Principle

The bead-chain principle is a term used in logistics and describes a determination of the production sequence several days before the start of production. This sequence of the manufacturing orders (bead chain) should not be changed in the different production areas. This is intended to improve compliance with production deadlines and control of the entire material flow. This will reduce inventories, make better use of capacities, deploy employees more effectively and avoid overload peaks.