Protomatic is planning a new stocking system for raw material inventory.
Some of the changes are driven by exceeding requirements for material traceability and vendor controls from AS9100 and ISO:13485 standards.
Protomatic vice-president Doug Wetzel said: "We need improved inventory software and new storage racking to support our raw material inventory programme.
"It sounds simple, but those small changes can have profound performance results for the long-term."
The project, which will improve organisation, started in December 2014.
The organisation system in use is based on the 5S Workplace Organisation Method (SORT, SET-IN-ORDER, SHINE, STANDARDISE and SUSTAIN).
Improved organisation using 5S techniques will:
- Optimise material resources
- Double storage volume by moving from 6ft racks to 12ft racks to optimise floor space
- Improve cost control through better monitoring of inventory
- Bring improved safety from increased rack strength
- Eliminate double orders of material by using available stock
- Allow acquisition of on-hand stock faster
- Improve batch, lot and heat control of raw material
- Improve material security
- Monitor vendors with better cost and lot control
This programme is an enhancement to the current system, which exceeds ISO standards.
For example, confirming incoming metal alloys with x-ray fluorescence (XRF) illustrates a continued commitment to the highest standards of quality assurance.