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Introduction to Material Replenishment Systems and Kanbans
Among the 8-Wastes explored in the White Belt Certification Training; one of the most insidious wastes that strangles most departments is that of Material Replenishment.
Understanding what to order, when to order it and what quantities, ad when NOT to order are the areas that create material shortages, surpluses and expensive materials to expire.
With simple techniques, your staff can develop low-tech yet robust material replenishment systems that will prevent run-outs and eliminate store rooms.
Many vivaria are exploring automated and vendor-managed material replenishment systems that takes husbandry staff out of the equation entirely, saving hundred of hours in husbandry hours and cash frozen in unnecessary inventory.
Creating Vendor Partnerships
If you are using your staff to do warehouse tasks: unpack, move pallets, stock storage rooms; it may be time to re-think your relationship with your vendor.
Learning from the American supermarket restocking systems, Toyota has developed seamless systems with their vendor-partners to ensure that Toyota workers skills are utilized to build quality cars and not to perform warehouse tasks.
Have your vendors do what vendors do best; material handling.
In this video you will learn how Vivarium staff helped their Vendors become their partners and eliminated handle bulk material handling from husbandry staff's workday.
Visual Workplace & Workplace Organization in the McGill University Vivarium
Technicians are expected to perform wide array of duties throughout the day with great efficiency and attention to detail.
Unfortunately, much of their time is often spent searching for information that may be buried in a computer or seeking materials that are hidden or hoarded by those who don't trust the systems that are supposed to support them. They also are distracted by recovering the workplace left by the customers and by the many questions that are asked time after time.
The folks at McGill University have addressed these issues by implementing Lean Tools to make the workplace intuitive and to support the worker and customer in everything they do.