Kanban Manufacturing - Archer Advanced Rubber
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Kanban Manufacturing

Case Study: Vendor Consolidation of Foam, Sponge, Elastomers, PSA Backed Rubber & more

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Vendor Consolidation of Foam, Sponge, Elastomers &
PSA Backed Rubber

Problem: A large lighting and signal manufacturer in Illinois had over 700 purchased parts with over 300 suppliers at seven domestic locations. The components that were being consumed included grommets, seals, gaskets, o rings, bushings, bumpers, extrusions and bellows made of materials ranging from foam, sponge, elastomers, metallic, plastic, PSA backed rubber and more. These parts ranged from die cuts to molded parts.

Solution: Within a six month period, Archer Advanced Rubber Components began management of all 700 items, implementing a Kan Ban program with automated releases based on the customer MRI system. We were able to consolidate materials, processes, and supplies in order to automate their purchasing process. As a result, Archer was able to reduce vendor associated shipping and freight expenses, inventory levels, and management costs to bring an overall savings of 45% below the previous year.  

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Project Highlights



Product Description We offered a Vender Consolidation solution to a client within the lighting industry
Capabilities Applied/Processes Kan-Ban Program
  • Based off Customer MRI system
Implementation Time   6 Months
Benefits Consolidation:
  • Materials
  • Process
  • Suppliers
Reduced
  • Vendor Shipping & Freight Expenses
  • Inventory Levels
  • Management Costs
45% Savings
Components Worked With Bellows
Bumpers
Bushings
Extrusions
Gaskets
Grommets
O-Rings
Seals
Material Worked With Foam
Sponge
Elastomers
Plastic
Nitrile
NBR
Viton
Silicone
EPDM
Thermoplastics
SBR
EPR
Cork
Coatings Available PSA
Powdercoating
Painting
Stripping
Colors Available Black
Blue
Brown
Clear
Green
Orange
Purple
Red
Yellow
Packaging Bagging
Boxing
Labeling
Special Features Inventory Automation
Industry for Use Lighting
Delivery Locations United States
Canada
China
Germany
India
Mexico
Standards Met CARB
CSA
EPA
FDA
ISO
NSF
QS
TS
UL
Product Name Vendor Consolidations Capabilities