Nestle – Automated Material Handling Systems Survey

Nestle owned an automated warehouse at Bardon in Leicestershire. Now some fifteen years old, it held a range of ambient food products. The site was operated for them by a Logistics Service Provider (LSP), and included within the outsourcing agreement was maintenance of the site. As part of the deal to sell the site to another LSP, Nestle wished to have a full condition survey undertaken to ensure that the site had been properly maintained and to indicate any remedial...

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Gillette – Warehouse Specification

Warehouse Specification We were asked to consider ways in which the production systems could be changed at one of Gillette’s European manufacturing plants to improve the plant logistics and reduce inventory. Following an intensive programme of work and detailed analysis, proposals were put forward to show the benefits of moving to a product flow based production control with the introduction of a kanban system. We then moved on to look at ways in which automation could be introduced into the...

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Panasonic – Process Mapping and Performance Monitoring

When Panasonic opened their Northampton distribution centre to supply the UK and Ireland, the product range and profiles of the individual products was significantly different to what it is now. As a consequence of these changes, the measures in place to monitor warehouse efficiency had become less appropriate and required the use of process mapping. Working with The Logistics Business, process maps and a material flow diagrams were produced, highlighting what should be measured. Detailed analysis identified the key drivers, and...

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NHS Blood and Transplant – Recomendations Provided for the improved Storage and Transportaton of Blood and Transplant products

The Tooting Blood Centre in London is the largest in the UK and serves almost 50 hospitals in the south east of England, including all of London’s major teaching and specialist hospitals. Blood distribution in this region is a complex matter with thousands of units of blood being collected, processed and delivered every week. Ever conscious of the need to control costs whilst ensuring that patient care is not compromised, the Tooting Centre had been paying special attention to the...

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Moving up the Value Chain – India Agri-Food Supply Chains – UKIBC Report

'Nation states are engaged in a relentless competitive chase’, says Evan Davies in Made in Britain, the BBC TV series based on the book of the same name. When poorer countries gain access to modern technology and skills they are able to out-compete richer nations in traditional sectors thanks to their lower cost base. The wealthier countries then seek out high-value areas where they can be more competitive, be it through technical innovation, increased efficiency or marketing appeal. But while...

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