Customer reference: Sears Manufacturing Co. (Europe) Ltd - Kanban partnership for a lean business
Founded in 1855, in the American mid West, pioneered the development of specialist seats for the agricultural, construction and industrial vehicle industries. Upon entering the market Sears immediately established a reputation for supplying technologically advanced products that offered unparalleled comfort and durability. These qualities became the hallmark of a Sears seat, making Sears number one in the off road seating industry, a position which, through progressive innovation, they still proudly hold today.
Nowadays, electronic system solutions are the be-all and end-all of an efficent sourcing of C-Parts. For instance, for Gerhardi, a driver of innovation, a scanner-based sourcing system with connection to an online shop is an indispensable precondition for a smoothly running just-in-time production. This is why they looked for an automated process that was standardized but still allowed for flexible orders as well.
Objective of the new production supply
- Develop lean manufacturing
- Implementing a fully traceable Würth Industrie RFID
- Reducing the need for operators
The solution - CPS®RFID and Würth ORSY®mat vending machines
The Würth Industrie RFID Kanban works on the same principal as a normal twin bin Kanban. The RFID solution means that there is no need for a manual scan to be made as each container is fitted with an RFID tag which when placed on either the intelligent shelf (iSHELF®) or inside the intelligent box (iBOX®) is automatically recognised as being empty and this data is then transmitted directly to the Würth internal ERP system via the inbuilt transmitter without the need for a manual scan to be made. This means that Würth are able to realise the empty containers almost immediately and ensure that they are on the next delivery thus avoiding any potential line shortages. Sears Europe implementing a Würth ORSY®mat vending solution for their PPE, consumable and tooling requirement. Using this system, each of the Sears operational staff are issued with a smart card which, when scanned recognizes the relevant operator and allows them to pick an article from the machine. Once the article in question has been picked, an order is generated automatically and sent remotely to the Würth Industrie internal system with the goods being delivered and replenished during the next visit.
Further success stories of our supply systems
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