MRO, PPE and Cutting tools are fast moving industries with high and low value items. Our solutions support these items and provide you with real-time visibility of your inventory.
• 24/7 availability
• Tool control
• Asset management
• Health & Safety control
A global leading company in manufacturing and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eye-wear was experiencing high consumption of items and was looking for a smart way to manage the inventory.
Thanks to the Control Management Department (Continuous Improvement) two specific areas have been identified with the highest consumption and waste levels within the plant: The consumables (mostly PPE) where stocked in boxes along the hallway with no control, causing different issues related to the inventory management.
Thanks to the introduction of the SupplyPoint Intelligent Inventory Solutions the customer was able to reach almost 40% of saving in items consumption in the first six months. Moreover, the inventory optimization together with a better accountability and usage tracking significantly improved all the processes related to the items managed bringing efficiency at all levels of the organization.
Intelligent Manufacturing and IIoT became an internal demand for the manufacturing firm, especially in the Aviation Industry. However, the big challenge is how to manage the tools at Point of Use and integrate the process into the whole circle to become a closed loop.
Nowadays, the conflict is between the automatic data flow and manual bookkeeping besides the production line. The risk of FOD (Foreign Object Debris). is always the serious challenge for aviation industry, especially for tool management in assembly line.
How it Helped
Thanks to the analysis of the items to be managed and their consumption levels, the Rotopoint was identified as the ideal solution among SupplyPoint’s product range.
Due to the high volume of PPE required and the department sizes the customer decided to install two stand-alone Rotopoint units in the hallway that connects the two production areas, this was so the workers of each area didn’t have to walk long distances to get the items.
Thanks to SupplyPoint’s Software, there is a complete audit trail and user accountability for all the items. Waste has been limited, if not canceled and items consumption has dropped significantly. Moreover, with all PPE safely stocked in the Vending Machine, the workplace is also a safer place and supervisors do not need to use their time to manually give PPEs to workers.
Results & Return on Investment
Management reported that implementing the SupplyPoint Inventory solutions completely changed their level of control over the items managed resulting into an impressive saving of 40% and increased efficiency. The estimated ROI period they experienced was as fast as 6 months from the installation.
Automated reports provided traceability by helping all shifts understand what items had been withdrawn, indicating who, when, and to what machine the item had been issued.
Thanks to SupplyPoint’s Software the operators can withdraw only the items they need, depending on the specific cost center. Due to the storage area being condensed into one central location the production floor is now more efficient than ever.
The combination of all these benefits has led the customer to evaluate in less than one year the expansion of the SupplyPoint solutions also to other departments of the plant in order to manage not only PPEs but also other consumables and hand tools.
Norm Somun A.Ş. is a world leading manufacturer of fasteners for the automotive sector based in Izmir,
Turkey, with an estimate production floor of 30,000-square-meter and more than 600 employees. The plant manager wanted to keep his operators working, realizing the amount of time it took the operators to recover the material they needed, and he knew that something had to change.
OSG Turkey’s Area Sales Manager Fatih Etik, by having SupplyPoint’s intelligent inventory solutions on his side, took this challenge and provide a solution to the problem other than improving overall efficiency in the process.
Seeing the advantages of the solution provided, Norm Somun decided to immediately implement it also in his other plant in Salihli in the province of Manisa.
• Operators walk and wait times
• Unsecure inventory
Employees had long travel times from their work center to the warehouse and then other valuable time was spent in the research and delivery of the needed item. For that reason, operators began to hoard materials at their stations, this was causing excessive usage especially for (new) tools, spiked demand, shortages and sometimes Stock-outs translatable in CNC machine downtime.
How it Helped
SupplyPoint with partner OSG Turkey (leading manufacturer of taps) were chosen to implement vending
solutions in Norm’s plant exactly in the point-of-use areas, to provide 100% secure inventory control for their materials.
Using SupplyPoint software and point-of-use vending machines the way of working in NORM has evolved, now the user accesses through their existing badge identification and is then guided in the correct choice of the material through the help of images and the restrictions of the material to the specific work order. The withdrawal is extremely fast and secure compared to the past.
Although regrinds of tools were available in stock, new cutting tools were being used first, this led to poor
efficiency and economic waste, now thanks to the advanced SupplyPoint software, regrinded tools are
dispensed as first choice to the operators.
Results & Return on Investment
The plant has recovered about 45 minutes per employee per day in productive time thanks to dispensing
items at the point of use.
Machine downtime and stock-outs are just a bad memory now, the building trust in the system as the
operators avoid peaks of use.
Interconnection with SAP allow the company to have full traceability and accountability for the items being
used. Thanks to being able to dispense regrinded items first, a 10% cost saving in tooling was achieved. Given the volume of the tool use, the return of the investment on the machine was accounted in less than 6 months.
Despite the significant reduction in consumption, our partner OSG Turkey has increased its share and as a result of this WIN-WIN solution, the customer-distributor relationship has consolidated like never before.