Material-efficient production

Pharmaceutical industry

Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
(in cooperation with the Leibniz University of Hanover)

Time period
01/2013 to 04/2014

Planning object
Analysis of material losses and development of recommendations for action in the field of membrane production

The customer produces different membranes for the biopharmaceutical market at the Göttingen site. Due to the capacity utilization of individual production plants and existing value-added losses, the customer initiated a project in 2014 to implement a material-efficient manufacturing process. To this end, the initial aim was to create transparency about the share of losses and the existing main sources of losses. In a further step, approaches for minimizing losses were to be developed and implemented.

GREAN supports us in process optimization and factory planning. Technically sound, flexible and above all: with full enthusiasm.

Dr. Carsten Funk (Director Membrane Production)

Together with the Institute for Factory Systems and Logistics, GREAN initially recorded the material flows in the area under consideration and visually represented the volume flows in the value-added process. In doing so, the sources of loss in the process were examined in detail and the underlying causes worked out. Subsequently, together with the customer, potentials were estimated, optimization possibilities were worked out and translated into a concrete list of measures.

In detail, the following services were provided:

  • Execution of a material flow analysis

  • Identification of loss sources and estimation of potential

  • Derivation of optimization approaches

  • Definition of recommendations for action


Factory planning

New construction on a greenfield site or expansion of existing buildings - we offer you comprehensive advice and sophisticated planning services for a well conceived factory. For us, this includes basic master and factory structure planning as well as support for your project right through to implementation. Whether new or reorganisation planning - we are experts in factory planning.

Process optimization

In many factories, high inventories, long travel, search or lead times are a major cost factor, which at the same time massively reduces production efficiency. This is what we do: Our customers benefit from well-founded, systematic and analytical consulting. In this way, we work with you to increase the efficiency of your production.

Resource efficiency

High and ever increasing material and energy costs are becoming an efficiency problem in many factories. We systematically investigate where potential is lying dormant and then identify meaningful and economical measures for improvement. In this way we increase the material and energy efficiency in your factory - and at the same time reduce your energy bill.

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