OUR UNIQUE APPROACH
Flow Optimization & Resource Management
FORM TM is a finite Flow Optimization and Resource Management planning approach that helps increase throughput, reduce in-process inventory, and improve equipment and personnel utilization. This very powerful productivity approach is a synergistic process between client and his FPS Facility Planner. FORM TM has been proven and perfected over the past 4 decades, based on the successful results of many hundreds of domestic and international client projects!
FORM TM is an excellent method to improve existing operations and to design new facilities for both manufacturing and distribution operations. After conducting hundreds of FORM TM mandates, we can honestly say that no two have been identical. FORM TM is tailored to each client’s unique challenges with the focus on his expressed project goals.
FORM TM is a process that was developed and is supported by the FACILITIES PLANNING SERVICES Group, est. in 1972.
More about how FORM TM works
FORM TM can identify the value added components of an operation and optimizes the flow of materials through each individual process based on the planning horizon.
FORM TM can help to determine the best cost effective methods and procedures to streamline dock activities to include reducing dock usage, improving human resources, minimizing time inventory is on dock, improving security, and improving accountability.
FORM TM can help to determine the correct storage solution for each respective inventory storage requirement. Inventory represents a major investment. FORM TM can assist the client in determining optimum storage levels and to lean on the supply chain to share in this challenge.
FORM TM can streamline the order fulfillment process using appropriate cost effective technologies. Speed, accuracy, accountability, velocity loading of inventory, cross docking, labeling, production, packaging, and transportation, are a few of the issues that are frequently addressed by the FORM TM analysis.
FORM TM can help in the evaluation of shipping operations to improve product staging and truck loading.
FPS Facility Planners continually research and stay abreast with current technologies and have a broad range of solution technology experience. For any proposed technology solution, in most cases the FPS Facility Planner can offer at least three sources and can assist you in obtaining an excellent value!
FORM TM numerically profiles an operation’s critical materials movement requirements on a quarterly basis for the planning horizon, normally five years. Important elements in receiving to production, to shipping are tracked and evaluated. This is done as a numerical simulation that is given to the client to use for future in-house analysis. This simulation drives the operation’s Optimum Layout.
FORM TM organizes and defines a facility’s materials flow challenges to the point of defining the space and activity rates necessary to develop the Best Practices Optimum Layout for the planning horizon. Layouts can be refined to fit available facilities.