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Click on a case study below to read more about how solutions from ShelfPlus Automated Storage are making processes better while saving space, time and money.

 

Hauni
Hauni reduced floor space by 65% and achieved 75% faster order picking with 47% less labor.
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American Licorice

American Licorice makers of Red Vines®, gains more control over their parts crib and saves over 1300 square feet in their Chicago, Illinois plant.
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Lantech
Lantech freed up 1144 square feet for other uses by installing CompuCRIB at their Lexington, Kentucky facility.
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Dana
Dana reduced inventory management costs by 70% at their state-of-the-art powertrain assembly plant.
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Ford Motor Company – Louisville, Kentucky
Ford Motor Company used CompuCRIB to reduce storeroom personnel at their Louisville, Kentucky body panel stamping plant.
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Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls the largest battery supplier in the US used CompuCRIB to improved inventory management of their MRO parts crib.
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Vertical Lifts

Ford Motor Company – Chicago, Illinois

Problem: With a fast-growing number of power tools in Ford’s Chicago plant tool crib, efficient management of the tools became impossible. Tools were regularly lost or misplaced, employee time was wasted.

Solution: Ford management installed vertical storage modules that eliminated the need for a manual tool crib.

Results: With the new system, repair personnel entered the needed tool Number into a computer keyboard. Shelves within the system rotated to bring the tool directly to the access window and employee. An indicator light directs the employee to remove the requested tool. Ford calculated its return on investment at less than 12 months.

Revell Monogram

Problem: A plant move required Revell Monogram’s Customer Fulfillment department to move into a facility only 1/3 as large as the space previously occupied. Open shelving was no longer a viable option for the company’s storage needs.

Solution: Revell Monogram installed new Vertical Lift modules to replace space-wasting fixed shelving.

Results: The company increased storage capacity by 20% while consolidating parts storage into a smaller centralized location. By eliminating picker walking and search time, Revell Monogram reduced pick time from an average of 1 minute to just 15 seconds a 300% increase in employee productivity.

J.W. Winco
Vertical LiftVertical Lift

Problem: Doubling sales in just three years, J.W. Winco outgrew its manufacturing and distribution facility five years earlier than planned. Storage requirements consumed floor space they desperately needed to increase their manufacturing output.

Solution: Five Vertical Lift modules were installed condensing 6,000 square feet of open shelving into 200 square feet of floor space. The company then added more modules throughout their plant, replacing a total of 15,000 square feet of storage area in just 700 square feet.

Results: With all the floor space gained, the company was able to create a cell assembly area which helped them handle a 200% increase in business without hiring any additional warehouse employees.

Hayes Lemmerz
Hayes Lemmerz saved space and cut costs by taking advantage of their tall ceiling heights.
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Vertical Carousels

Case Study Ford Motor CompanyFord Motor Company

Problem: When Ford began production of the Mercury Village minivan in their Avon Lake, Ohio plant, they needed to accommodate a 77% increase in bodyside molding inventory without no increase in storage space.

Solution: Forty feet of stock racks on both sides of the main assembly line were replaced with four 24″ high Vertical Carousels, each equipped with material control software, bar code scanner, internal heaters and dual access windows.

Results: Ford was able to use available ceiling height to pack almost 3,000 square feet of storage capacity into just 280 square feet of floor space. Easy parts access by plant personnel and fast parts delivery increased worker productivity substantially without ergonomic compromise.

Case Study Ford Motor Company

Tool Cribs

Ford Motor Company – Chicago, Illinois

Problem: With a fast-growing number of power tools in Ford’s Chicago plant tool crib, efficient management of the tools became impossible. Tools were regularly lost or misplaced, employee time was wasted.

Solution: Ford management installed vertical storage modules that eliminated the need for a manual tool crib.

Results: With the new system, repair personnel entered the needed tool number into a computer keyboard. Shelves within the system rotated to bring the tool directly to the access window and employee. An indicator light directs the employee to remove the requested tool. Ford calculated its return on investment at less than 12 months.

Parts & Tool Dispensers

DMI, Inc.

Tool DispenserProblem: Company management became alarmed at the amount of money being spent on replacing expensive power tools and accessories. There was a manual check out/check in system in place, but it obviously wasn’t working very efficiently.

Solution: The company installed a series of computer-controlled, automated lockers at key locations throughout their manufacturing operation.

Results: Within 60 days, loss of large, expensive power tools was virtually eliminated and replacement cost budget for the following year was cut dramatically.

Smith Tool Company

Tool DispenserProblem: This manufacturer of rock bits for mining operations was buying new tools too rapidly. Tool breakdowns were very costly, often bringing production to a standstill.

Solution: An imaginative tool supplier of Smith’s installed electronically-controlled tool lockers and kept them filled with tools on a consignment basis. When a new tool was needed, Smith employees removed one from the locker and went back to work with the new Smith-purchased tool.

Results: Smith no longer purchases new tools before they actually need them, saving thousands of dollars a year. Their tool vendor continues to restock consignment inventory in Smith’s on-site lockers so personnel can replace broken or malfunctioning tools within just a few seconds.

Integrated Supply

Regal Tools – Snap-on Tools Installation
Read how Regal Tool helped Snap-on Tools consolidate their MRO parts crib by using CompuCRIB.
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