Top-quality manufacturing processes
Tebis Consulting at AFS Entwicklungs + Vertriebs GmbH
The German machine manufacturer AFS in Horgau near Augsburg provides systems for surface treatment, for example of packaging. Packaging requirements are extremely high: it must be durable, ensure freshness, and also feature appealing colors and designs. Similarly, AFS management requires top quality from their own work and products. That was enough reason to carefully scrutinize the processes within the company – for the benefit of their customers, among other things.
For 28 years, AFS has been manufacturing corona systems using the discharge between ground and electrode to treat packaging surfaces so that selected colors will adhere. Today the company is an industry leader that has sold more than 2,500 systems worldwide. Gerhard Arlt, co-founder and owner of AFS, places great value on offering highly reliable, innovative and technologically advanced products instead of "me-too" versions. This level of quality has its price.
At the same time, the market puts pressure on pricing. This means that AFS needs to be able to withstand price pressures without reducing their high standards. With this in mind, management decided in late 2011 to examine the company’s internal processes to make them more efficient. One incentive was to pass along the cost savings to customers.
Everything works much better now.
Consulting on information flow and process efficiency
- Efficient process analysis
- Implementable measures
- Better information flow, faster processes
Machinery and equipment, Consumer products
AFS Entwicklungs- und Vertriebs GmbH
Head of IT