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In the component parts zone, orders would come from SAP. The
warehouse worker would walk from rack to rack, searching for the
parts required to fill an order. Once the orders were picked, the warehouse worker would take the parts down to a kitting area for sub
assembly, to later be sent to manufacturing assembly queues. “The
racks were taking up too much space. We were wasting time walking
around searching for parts,” says Alca.
After the successful implementation of the Shuttle VLMs for storing
tooling and the gauges, the component parts zone consolidated its
inventory into one 12’ Shuttle VLM as well. The implementation of
the shuttle VLM was able to reduce allocated floor space from 294 sq
ft to 91 sq ft, a 69 percent reduction in floor space. “Space is always a
constraint in our facility. Freeing up floor space allows other processes
around the VLM to become more efficient,” says Alca.
Additionally, the component parts were previously stored on racks,
and parts went missing all too often. On a yearly basis, the parts
zone would misplace $83,000 in parts inventory. Now, the Shuttle
VLM requires inventory cycle counting, leading to increased accuracy.
Misplaced inventory has been reduced by 70 percent, resulting in a
$58,000 savings annually.
New Ways to Keep Inventory Moving
The implementation of the Shuttle VLM in the components parts
zone allowed the process to improve. Integrated with inventory
management software and a Logicontrol machine control system, the
operator can manipulate the location of the parts, and can access any
tray stored in the VLM. Delivered to an ergonomic height, the tray is
brought down to the access opening via an extractor that runs up and
down the middle of the VLM. TiC (transaction information center)
lights direct the operator to the appropriate part to be picked. Once
the technician has picked the part and confirms the pick with the
confirmation bar, the VLM will first put away the previous tray and
deliver the next tray for the following pick.
The component parts zone has recently integrated SAP with the
inventory management software to further improve picking processes.
The main warehouse worker creates a transaction order, where a pick
lists is generated. The pick list has the parts numbers, quantities and
the locations of the components needed for the order. The warehouse
worker assigned to the VLM gets the same information via SAP to the
inventory management software. Once the parts have been picked,
they are brought to kitting for sub assembly. After sub assembly is
complete, orders are placed on carts and are staged in a designated
queue area located in front of each assembly lane. The appropriate
orders will be pulled when they are needed for production.
Improvement Is on the Rise
Due to the positive impact the three shuttle VLMs bring to the
operation, Cameron is proposing an additional Shuttle VLM to replace
more racks containing soft components. This will improve the cycle
time of picking a job and will reduce the floor space needed to store
The central storage location for tooling and gauges has allowed
for parts to get to manufacturing faster. Improving processes in these
areas is showing signs of success all the way to the manufacturing