You may come across various names such as Stock Management Systems, Kanban, or Inventory Management Service, but they all offer similar types of support. These services are designed to facilitate production by providing easy access to fasteners, category C components, PPE, and other essential items directly on the shop floor or production area. By strategically placing racking and vending systems in multiple locations, productivity can be optimized, as parts can be picked up at their point of use without the need for administrative tasks. After installation, the stock replenishment process is efficiently managed by Staytite to meet production demands, requiring minimal customer administration.
How it works
In the following text, we describe an example of a Two-Bin Kanban system that is used to provide parts to the shop floor, typically accessed via racking or shelved trollies, that have been placed for maximum efficiency and convenience.
Two bins are placed together on racking, with one in front of the other, to provide the same part. The number of bins required is based on the number of different parts needed by the shop floor.
Shop floor users are free to pick the parts they need from the bins without having to make any stock requests that may slow down production.
When the contents of the front bin have been depleted, the bins will switch positions. The items are then picked from the rear bin, which becomes the new front bin.
Movement is monitored by Staytite Kanban operatives who automatically order more parts to be delivered to the depleted bin. Replenishment of this bin ensures that reserves of the part are available when the switched bin is depleted again.
The schedule and frequency of site visits by Staytite’s operatives are arranged and agreed upon prior to the commencement of the inventory managed service. Regular reviews are held to ensure that optimum levels of stock are maintained on site to avoid any potential disruption to the customer’s production line. This ongoing process ensures that the shop floor is always stocked with just the right amount of parts, eliminating the need for customers to manage and administer their stock.
Cloud Connected Smart Racking & Vending Systems
Smart racking is a popular choice for those who require instant reports, stock level visibility and email alerts for part usages. Users can access a live system portal from most browsers with an internet connection including mobile for a true Industry 4.0 solution.
Shown in the video below is a quick demonstration of the racking in action displaying the differing fill state indication lights on the shelf and the racking management software.
For a downloadable PDF with further information about Staytite smart racking click here.
For consumables and PPE needs, we offer vending and locker machines that can provide quick access to a range of items such as glues, tapes, aerosols, blades, batteries, and sprays. These machines aren't restricted to production lines, and can be configured to dispense office supplies, stationery, IT equipment, and even clothing. With individual personnel access codes, transactions can be monitored, restricted, and traced for security and cost allocation purposes.
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A dedicated Kanban inventory management system from Staytite is a proven cost effective solution that is currently in use with some of the UK's best known companies. Staytite works with customers to identify usages and bin requirements to ensure correct stock levels are always available, following "lean" principals. The benefits of our Inventory Management Service include:
- Reduced stock holding
- Less financial exposure
- Batch traceability
- Reduced administration
- Usage reports
- Fixed prices
- Agreed bin quantities
- Rack systems designed for purpose
- Reduces waste
- Demand driven
- Supplier reduction
Implementation of Staytite's racking and storage solutions are expertly managed to minimize disruption to the shop floor. Prior to installation, our sales team and project managers conduct on-site visits, accompanied by application engineers, to discuss implementation and identify any specific fastener or part requirements. These visits include a comprehensive physical and numerical analysis of the available space, production flows, identifying ideal locations for racking placement to ensure optimal performance post-installation.
Detailed visuals, such as 3D renderings and floor plans, are a valuable tool when proposing a customer-tailored Kanban concept. Staytite has found that these visuals have been especially useful for customers who need to evaluate previously unused space, visualize potential workflow improvements, or appraise new methods of part delivery.
Experience the benefits of a custom Kanban system with Staytite – it's quicker and easier than you might imagine. Our team pre-prepares all racking at our base, allowing for quick and efficient installation. This means you can start improving the effectiveness of your work-flow right away, with setup time reduced as a result. With our tailor-made solutions, you'll achieve greater efficiency and productivity in no time.
Once installed, spearheading the delivery of this service is the role of the Staytite envoy / Kanban driver. It is their on-going task to provide parts to the exact point that they are needed, as well as identifying from usage the parts which need resupplying. All customer facilities come with their own unique conditions, and because parts are being delivered into production areas, Staytite’s envoys are specially trained to comply with any on-site demands, including appropriate compliance in working and moving through sensitive environments and adhering to any required safety critical practices.
This important role was subject of a recent article ‘Kanban operatives –not your average delivery drivers’ reproduced here, courtesy of FAST Magazine, which gives an in-depth view and insights into the background of the fulfilment process.
Unlock the full potential of Staytite's inventory managed service with our experienced technical and application engineering team. As part of the implementation process, our team can analyze a wide range of manufacturing and servicing needs to identify opportunities for additional cost savings. By working closely with you, we'll ensure that your business gets the most out of our service, so you can focus on what you do best. For more information about our value added engineering and technical services click here.
Supplier reduction is all part of the service. As part, or in conjunction with your Kanban, the products provided are not limited to fasteners and can include C-class items, consumables and PPE. Whatever your need, Staytite’s aim is to always surpass what is expected from a ‘nuts & bolts’ company. With an expanded purchasing team Staytite has sourced and supplied common and bespoke items from paper towels to windscreen wipers for trains!
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