Standardizing and Improving the Container Flow

By Dr. Alin Posteucă

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?

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Dr. Alin Posteucă is a consultant in productivity and profitability, CEO of Exegens® and the author of Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) and Speed-Based Target Profit (SBTP) concepts. His major research areas include manufacturing policy deployment, manufacturing cost improvement and visible profitability of operational excellence by improving productivity. His recent research includes the impact of Industry 4.0 on planning and developing synchronous profitable operations and on information systems of cost and budget in order to substantially improve the operational unit costs.

He has been actively involved in various industrial consulting and training projects for more than 20 years, delivering training/ workshop programs in Productivity, Innovation, Business Transformation and Leadership for over 5,000 participants.

He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Managerial Accounting. He has an MBA Degree and a BA Degree in Accounting and Computer Science and he is certified Public Accountant in Romania. He has published in various research journals and presented papers at numerous conferences and congresses regarding Productivity, Profitability and Industrial Engineering.

Dr. Alin Posteucă is the author of Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) and Speed-Based Target Profit (SBTP) concepts, published in four books at Productivity Press – Routledge/ CRC, New York (USA).