Standardizing and Improving the Container Flow
In every manufacturing company there is a flow of container transport to the work places (tour and return). But often there are numerous losses & waste associated with delays and/ or non-compliant supplies of containers. The annual costs associated with these types of losses & waste, together with the annual lost profit opportunities are high and hidden. Not long ago, I made such a calculation at a section of a company and the total annual loss was over € 5 million (lower operating profit).
The specific causes of these losses & waste differ from one company to another. However, the standardization and improvement of leadtime of a container flow synchronized to production takt time must be a continuous concern to tend to the state of Just-In-Time (JIT). This standardization must take into account several elements such as: production plan, production capacity, warehouse capacity, domestic transport capacity, container capacity, supermarket capacity, the need for items on each shift, distances, speeds, stopping points, leveling box/ kanban box, set-up etc.
So, what are the main challenges of standardizing and improving the container flow?
Source: Alin Posteucă on LinkedIn