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Integrated manufacturing systems for suppliers of products for public transport

Development and integral structuring of technology, methods
of organisation, man and the environment for implementation
of organisational concepts/management structures in the
field of european railroad track vehicle construction.

The conditions of competition facing enterprises in increasingly global markets demand a complete logistical investigation into all areas of the company's operational reproductive process. The time factor ("time-to-market") in this case is the dominant factor determining entrepreneurial market advantages. However, high efficiency can only be achieved by means of a coordinated approach, meaning that new methods in terms of production as well as in the fields of Research and Development need to be introduced, to attain a state of total flexibility in all areas of business operations, as well as essential product diversity, in conjunction with greater convergence between the concern and the client. The task of the INTO project ISYTRANS (using methods ranging from Strategic Management to Optimum Work Relations) is to establish which methods and strategies constitute the "one best way" for successful business operations, especially in certain key areas. In regard to the field of work in question, we are not aiming at marginal improvements, but exclusively new forms of integrating technology and organisational methods, with special emphasis on high production standards in terms of quality, the integration and resolution of environment- related problems (recycleable products, environmentally- -friendly means of production), in addition to the employment of a healthy, well-motivated and sufficiently qualified workforce. In order to apply and further develop these universal methods and Toolbox procedures, a methodical investigation of the following fields is required: (1) the global aims, including the establishment of the location and market position, as well as the objectives of the enterprise, in addition to the conducting of neutral management principles in the field of production, must all be defined. The question of man, technology, methods of organisation, quality and the environment, in conjunction with small and medium-sized enterprises, must be approached (time factor as determining survival, the move away from being a traditional functional concern to becoming a process- oriented or progressive enterprise) as well as the exchange of data between manufacturer and client. (2) Effective analysis of the fundamental developments in the firm. The recognition and definition of weak points and potential areas susceptible to disruption (including an overall examination of the constructing and output organisational processes), the structure of the work place, a qualifications profile, a hardware and software concept, an examination of quality standards, possibilities for recycling and methods of organisation at work ("make or buy"). Analysis of the concern's methods, tools and concepts in terms of its philosophy, strategies, capacity to compete and of its corporate culture. (3) The formulation of potential solutions, with the aim of increased efficiency and productivity, from the point of view of technical and social innovations. (Specific concept: Design). Improvement Projects: * The organisation and structure of the workshop, factory and the enterprise. * Expenses/time, quality, technology/product development (description of the intersection position). * Personnel developments, the gradual reduction of the concern's hierarchy (decentralisation of the structures of production), efficient new organisational methods (lean management, lean production, group work and semi-autonomous production). * Manufacturer-client relations (common interest in superceding competition). * Environmental protection measures and health and safety standards at work; Recycling. * New forms of division of labour/cooperation. (4) The development and implementing of the solutions and assessment criteria formulated under the improvement projects of man, technology, methods of organisation quality and environment, from the point of view of future national and international exploitation. (5) Proof of the success of the investigation proposals and assessment criteria in comparison with the starting position. (Improved developments, a motivated workforce, improved management as a dynamic process). The acquisition of a methodical explanation for human and economic leadership, especially in terms of metal processing departments (strategies for the implementation of business knowledge; the organisation of communication workshops - video information). (6) The creation of activities leading to an integrated European project within the framework of EUREKA. (7) Educational and advisory documents of project results, to be passed onto other areas of industrial application throughout GERMANY and other European states, with special attention paid to the interest of the East European countries (the establishment of a consultation facility for individual countries).
Acronym: 
ISYTRANS
Project ID: 
1 156
Start date: 
01-06-1994
Project Duration: 
42months
Project costs: 
12 680 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.