Alfa Laval has a very rich product portfolio with a lot of product variations. There is a strong culture of always putting customer requirements first, which sometimes hinders the phasing-out of non- or slow-moving products. The challenge was to keep the “customer first” attitude but at the same time implement a better way of identifying and phasing-out slower moving parts and products.
Tolpagorni worked together with Alfa Laval’s central functions as well as Product Centers to propose an improved Assortment Control process to be implemented in the existing Product Development Process. Tolpagorni also proposed an improved way of making Product Modularization more effective, leading to higher Product Efficiency without sacrificing Customer Intimacy.
The improved processes where presented to Alfa Laval management and accepted as the way forward to increase effectiveness in the different Product Centers.
Alfa Laval is a world leader within the key technology areas of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. The company was founded 1883 on a single brilliant invention, and innovation remains at the heart of everything Alfa Laval does.
With more than 2500 patents, Alfa Laval provides worldwide solutions in areas that are vital to society both today and in the future. Alfa Laval’s worldwide organization helps customers in nearly 100 countries to optimize their processes. Alfa Laval have 42 major production units (22 in Europe, 10 in Asia, 8 in the US and 2 in Latin America).
The company has over 17 000 employees, the majority are located in Sweden, Denmark, India, China, the US and France.