Value stream design (VSD) is the leading method in lean manufacturing and widely used for planning production systems. This paper addresses existing weaknesses in VSD, such as decision uncertainty or choosing suboptimal designs. A framework for the systematic development of future states that identifies possible planning alternatives and logistical interdependencies within VSD is presented. The approach uses a morphology for VSD and identifies when alternatives have to be taken into account based on specific value stream requirements. The main findings are discussed by means of a descriptive example. The research is the basis for further systematic VSD and assessment of FSM alternatives.
Kaiser, J., Urnauer, C., & Metternich, J. (2019). A framework for planning logistical alternatives in value stream design. In Procedia CIRP (Vol. 81, pp. 180–185). Elsevier B.V. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2019.03.032