APRIL 2016

Signs Now Kansas City created hundreds of assembly line signs for a major automotive supplier to support efficient production.

   

The signage informs workers of minimum part levels within nearby bins so that timely replenishments can be made.

Challenge

Developing products with maximum quality at an optimum cost is a must for any manufacturer, especially this one in Missouri which is heavily relied upon by America's automotive industry for crucial components.
Inventory management is the key to operating assembly lines with the greatest efficiency. Parts overages are a sign of waste, whereas insufficient numbers can lead to production line shut downs.

While computers contribute to much of the efficiency, effective signage is often every bit as important. For example, line workers need to know when part levels within nearby bins are reaching their minimum quantity and reorders are needed. For that reason, forklift drivers must then know where to correctly drop off parts for replenishment.

Solution

Seeking greater efficiency through better signage for their Kansas City area production facility, this automotive components manufacturer reached out to various suppliers -- selecting Signs Now Kansas City on the basis of fabricating capacity and cost-effectiveness.

Specifically, facility management sought hundreds of color-coded production lines signs detailing, among other information, parts numbers and minimum quantities at which replacements should be reordered. What's more, all graphics would need to support the plant's first-in/first-out (FIFO) practices -- an asset management and valuation system adhered to by top manufacturers like this one.

Success!

Given these challenges, Signs Now Kansas City proposed creating signs of durable Coroplast® (corrugated plastic sheeting) with grommets. They offered the automotive components manufacturer a high quality yet affordable solution that could easily be mounted by cables at virtually every work station.

Working from emailed spread sheets that provided key information for each sign, the signage and graphics provider quickly returned sample designs to the client for final approval and subsequent fabrication and delivery.

Not only did Signs Now Kansas City's production efficiency impress the client's production line engineers, but their capabilities gained the admiration of other employees at the Kansas City area plant as well as their headquarters.

In an order that dwarfed the original request for 500 parts and inventory graphics, Signs Now Kansas City is now fulfilling a request for 3,000 more signs for the company's primary production facility in Michigan.

Energized by the challenges presented by the client, Signs Now Kansas City has enhanced their own productivity to now meet the automotive supplier's needs with even greater efficiency.

 

 

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