3 products that implement kanban inventory management effortlessly

The main purpose of implementing a kanban inventory management system is to maximise output by reducing waste.  You can read about what Kanban is here.  By reducing waste, it means that everything passing through the kanban inventory system is adding value to production and anything not adding value is a waste.  This concept is also known as Lean Manufacturing.

As inventory management is becoming ever more important in order for production to flow as effortlessly as possible, yet not wanting to have finances tied up in stock that won’t be used for months, there are now products readily available on the market that can help you easily implement the principles of kanban inventory management and lean manufacturing into your workspace without having to make major changes to the way you operate

Kanban Inventory Management by Two-Bin System

The Two-Bin System works on the concept that there are two bins per product line.  This is often utilised with plastic open bins.  There are different ways to incorporate the Two Bin Systems, such as using different coloured bins to represent different stages in the inventory cycle or using different coloured barcodes at the front of the bins.  The bins are often housed in a form of racking and work on a front to back system, with the reserve stock being placed at the back.

Once the front bin has been exhausted, the operator simply starts working from the back bin and can place the empty front bin in a location to signal the re-ordering process.

Once the next batch comes along they just place this behind the bin that is in use and then the cycle can continue.

This option is an easy way to implement your kanban system and works well with both large and small components.

Two Bin System
Two Bin System
Stock Indicators
Stock Indicators

Kanban Inventory management by Visual Stock Level Indicators

Stock Level Indicators by TwinBin.com are a quick way to display stock level status without having to change anything! They simply attach to the front of shelves/cabinets/bins and display the stock level status:

  • Green  Product is in stock
  • Red   Product needs re-ordering
  • Yellow  More product is on the way

If you are unable to change the layout of your storage areas but want to implement kanban, this is a great place to start.  Stock Indicators are conscious of space requirements and are available in 3 different sizes meaning you can attach them almost anywhere to start your kanban journey.

Find out more about Stock Indicators by TwinBin.com here

Kanban inventory management with The TwinBin System

The TwinBin System by TwinBin.com is an innovative kanban system based around the concept of the Two Bin System discussed earlier and here.   Instead of having two-bins operating on a front to back system, the TwinBin System works with a top and bottom chamber.  Once the stock is removed from the bottom ‘in use’ chamber, the operator simply pulls the slider in the middle to access the reserve stock.  Once the slider is pulled, the innovative Flag pops up to display a red signal meaning that more stock needs to be ordered, whilst providing enough product for the operator to continue working. Once more stock in on the way the flag can be set to yellow displaying this status.  Once more inventory is available, this is placed into the top chamber and the flag is set back to green, ready for the cycle to continue.

You can find out more about the TwinBin System here

TwinBins being used in Mexico
TwinBins in use in Mexico

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Come and see TwinBin at the Avalon Airshow!

What is the Avalon Airshow?

Avalon Airshow 2019 24th February to 3rd March 2019

Hurst Green Plastics Ltd are taking the TwinBin System across the globe to the Avalon Airshow in Australia later this month.  The Avalon Airshow, which takes place at the Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria will run from 26th February to 3rd March 2019.  The previous show in 2017, saw 664 companies from 25 countries showcasing their products and services to over 33,000 trade visitors. This is the third time in 6 years that Hurst Green Plastics will be at the event showcasing our product range, and we are excited to show the Australian market all the new products and solutions that we have been working on.

What are we showcasing at Avalon Airshow?

The team will be taking a variety of products for demonstration such as:

We are also going to be bringing two brand new solutions to the show:

Kitting Solutions, BinFlag Stock Indicator and The TwinBin System
Ravn Aircraft and the TwinBin system

Accounts Director, Julie Monaco will be heading across the globe to the event and had this to say:

“It will be the third time that Hurst Green Plastics Ltd have taken the TwinBin.com solutions to the Avalon Airshow and I am very excited to be joining Chairman Stephen and HR Director Martine at the event.  The show is a great opportunity to show the Australian Market what we have been working on and we are thrilled to show our newest solution TwinBinLive, which will change the way people control their inventory.”

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What is Kitting and why should you try it?

Kitting:  What is it?  Why should you try it?

Inventory kitting is the process of grouping and packaging separate items together into one-part number based on the requirement within the process. Kitting can save time and money by reducing unnecessary inventory and only using what you need, exactly when you need it.  Kitting can have the following benefits:

  • More Space Available: By reducing inventory you can reduce unwanted stock and free up space within your facility.
  • More Time Available: By having what you need as you need it, the process takes less time meaning you can get more done!
  • More Cash Available: By not having your money tied up in inventory, you can have better batch control and more cash available to spend on things that you really need.
Nuts and Bolts

Kitting can be as simple as putting the parts you need into a cardboard box and storing them together until they are needed but it can be also as complex as 20+ different part numbers being packed together in complex storage conditions.

With constant pressures on turn around time of products, kitting can be a great way to reduce lead times by having parts ready in a ‘grab and go’ system created through kitting and sub-assembly.

What kitting solutions are available?

Kitting Solutions by TwinBin.com are a cost-effective solution as they are re-usable, re-sealable and durable.  Having a kitting container that you can use and re-use is a great way of storing and transporting goods around site. We have a variety of different solutions that can be utilised including:

Kitbox System:  Small boxes (kitboxes) placed inside a larger carry case.  Available in a variety of kitbox and carry case sizes, The Kitbox System is a flexible solution to storing your kitting components.  Tamper-proof mechanisms are available for the kitboxes so you know if the contents have been compromised before accessing them. The modular integrated lego peg base on the carry cases means that the kitboxes do not move around the carry case when in transit and sit flush next to one another, once in the case. The ticket holder on the top of the kitboxes can store your barcodes reflecting the contents of the kitboxes whilst keeping them clean from dirt or debris that may be seen in the production work space.  If you would like more information, or if you require a quotation then click here.

Kitting Kitbox Case by TwinBin.com
Partition Kitting Case by Twinbin.com

Partition Kitting Solution:  The partition kitting system is our solution if you need flexibility when it comes to kitting.  The Partition Kitting Case can be made into almost any configuration utilising the different partitions to suit the size of components or parts that need storing.  The durable, stackable carry case means that you can transport your contents around site whilst keeping them safe from damage.  All our kitting solutions are available with a glass-clear lid meaning that you can see what is inside without opening.  Want to learn more? Visit our Partition Kitting page here

If our solutions are of interest, then why not request a sample here and try the product before you buy?

 

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Two-bin system: How they work and why you should chose them

What is a two-bin system and how does it work?

A two-bin system is the easiest way to implement a kanban system into a manufacturing or production facility. Kanban is a methodology in lean manufacturing which manages and improves workload within production.  Originally developed in Japanese automotive factories, the word ‘Kanban’ can be roughly translated to mean ‘Visual Signal’ and is used as a Just-In-Time (JIT) method of inventory control.

The aim of a Kanban System is to eliminate excess inventory throughout the production cycle and align inventory levels with actual consumption, whilst highlighting any inefficiencies within the supply chain.

A two-bin system is actually exactly what it claims to be – managing inventory through the use of two-bins. The concept of a two-bin system is that operators will feed from one bin whilst using the second bin for reserve stock.  Once the first bin has been exhausted of contents the operator will start feeding from the reserve stock whilst triggering a signal that more stock is required.  The signal can be as simple as the colour of the bin or as complicated as RFID signals being sent to receivers and automatically placing an order with suppliers. Once the next batch of stock is available, it is simply placed back into stock for the operator to work from once the current batch is exhausted. The two-bin system creates a cycle, replenishing when required whilst creating a demand for the next batch – if implemented correctly, it should mean you are one step ahead of your requirements.

TwinBin: a two-bin system

Benefits of a two-bin system

Two Bin System and Aeroplane

There are many benefits that can be seen when utilising a two-bin system, which can include:

  • Reducing inventory held and therefore the associated costs
  • Traceability of stock
  • Easy to maintain once installed if appropriate planning is maintained

A reduction of inventory held is a positive byproduct that can be seen when implementing a two-bin system, because only holding the stock you need means that you haven’t got finances tied up in stock that isn’t being utilised for weeks or maybe months, whilst also promoting traceability of parts through batch control which is stored in each bin.  Once all the planning is complete, it is important to monitor aspects that may affect the two-bin system, such as spikes in manufacturing which may lead to a higher demand for stock. A two-bin system can fail if insufficient planning has taken place.  It is often advised to understand the demand for the product and ensure that all reserve batches contain enough product, whilst taking into consideration the lead-time of the next batch.

If you want to learn more about what Kanban is and how to implement your own two-bin system, then check out our blog here.

We have made kanban simple with our unique TwinBin System check it out here

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What is Kanban and how can you implement it?

What is Kanban

Kanban is a methodology in lean manufacturing which manages and improves workload within production.  Originally developed in Japanese automotive factories, the word ‘Kanban’ can be roughly translated to mean ‘Visual Signal’ and is used as a Just-In-Time (JIT) method of inventory control.  In order to maintain inventory levels, a visual signal is created to trigger stock movements and therefore deliver more product as required by the operator.  The signal may be visible to suppliers and buyers throughout the replenishment cycle.

The aim of a Kanban System is to eliminate excess inventory throughout the production cycle and align inventory levels with actual consumption, whilst highlighting any inefficiencies within the supply chain.  In order to obtain accurate inventory levels, it is essential that plenty of planning has taken place in order to gather information to ensure that the Kanban system works efficiently; this information can include, but is not limited to, the lead time of the parts, the quantity consumed in a time-specific basis (daily/weekly/monthly) as well as further information, such as product use-by dates (if relevant) and any Minimum Order Quantities (MOQs) of the product.  It is also important to be aware of any changes within the manufacturing calendar that could affect the consumption rate, such as an increase or decrease in production in the given time.

TwinBin System: Two Bin System

How can you implement Kanban?

The most basic and simple implementation of a Kanban system can be done through a two-bin system.

Did you know that we manufacture a range of Kanban storage systems, including a two-bin system? You can see our innovative two-bin kanban system, The TwinBin System here.

Please see below our guide to implementing a simple two-bin system:

  1. Firstly, gathering information and planning is crucial for all items wishing to be stored in a Kanban system. Important information such as quantities used, the lead time and product MOQs need to be understood and analysed for the two-bin system to work. If this is not completed correctly then there may be too much, or too little stock available and the system will fail.
  2. Once enough data has been gathered and researched, it is time to implement the two-bin system. The stock needs to be placed in the two-bin system, ensuring the second bin contains enough stock for production to continue once the stock replenishment trigger has been activated – this information should be available from all the data gathered during the planning stage.
  3. There needs to be a trigger in the Kanban system to display a visual signal once the replenishment request has been activated. This can be a simple signal such as a Kanban card or something complex as an RFID Alert (or by using our TwinBin System which does this for you!).
  4. Ensure that production begins with the first bin, which we call the ‘Active Bin’. Once the stock is exhausted, production moves on to the second bin, which we call the ‘Reserve Bin’.  Once the reserve bin comes into play, it then changes to become the active bin. A visual signal then needs to be triggered in order for stock movement requirement to be activated.
  5. Once more stock has become available, this needs to be placed into the (now empty) reserve bin and placed back into production to be utilised once the active bin is exhausted.
  6. Once the reserve bin has been replenished, this then resets the cycle whilst production continues.
  7. It is important to note that regularly returning to the planning stage is crucial to ensure to the efficient running of the Kanban system, regularly checking for changes in lead times, MOQs and changes in production that can influence the Kanban system.

See how we’ve made Kanban simple with our TwinBin system

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Hurst Green Plastics Limited are exhibiting at the 8th Aviation Forum in Hamburg on 5-7 November 2018

Hurst Green Plastics Limited are exhibiting at the 8th Aviation Forum in Hamburg on 5th -7th November 2018.  The event is being hosted at the Hamburg Messe, Hall A3 in Hamburg, Germany.

The 2017 exhibition saw over 700 participants from over 22 different countries, plus 90 exhibitors and 80 partners and sponsors.  The show provides access to B2B meetings with Companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Premium Aerotec, Liebherr Aerospace and Rolls Royce.  You can find out further information regarding the 2017 and 2018 show on their website here

Dr Klaus Richter, Chief Procurement Officer, Airbus Group states “Since its launch in 2010, the Aviation Forum in Hamburg has surpassed all expectations. It has developed into a key platform for Airbus, where we connect with our global suppliers and partners to discuss and present future perspectives and directions for the global aerospace industry.”

The topics being discussed at this years Forum include Supply Chain Management, Digitalisation and Automated Production – in which solutions by Hurst Green Plastics Limited can play a major role.  The team are delighted to be introducing brand new products and solutions, which will aim to revolutionise stock management of small components through the use of IOT, Bluetooth and NFC. Whilst at the show you have access to demonstrations from our award-winning patented products such as TwinBin, BinFlag and our range of industrial kitting solutions.

 

You can come and meet the team and have a full product demonstration at Booth C13.

You can visit Hurst Green Plastics at Booth C13
You can receive your product demonstration at Booth C13

 

If you would like to arrange a meeting with a member of the team then you can contact us in the following ways:

Telephone:  +44(0)1254 825588

Email:  Info@hurstgreenplastics.com

 

Hurst Green Plastics Limited are also attending/exhibiting at the following events in 2019:

  • Avalon Airshow, Geelong, Australia – 26th February 2019 – 3rd March 2019
  • The Paris Airshow, Paris, France – 17th June 2019 – 23rd June 2019

If you want to keep up to date with the events and exhibitions that we are attending, then please visit our Events Page:  https://twinbin.com/events/

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Come and see TwinBin at the Farnborough Airshow 2018

Hurst Green Plastics Ltd are exhibiting at the Farnborough Airshow 2018- making this our 25th Airshow across the world!

The Show


TwinBins being used in Mexico

Hurst Green Plastics Ltd, which hails from the Ribble Valley in Lancashire will be showcasing their product range at the Farnborough Airshow in July this year.  The Farnborough Airshow will have exhibitors and attendees from over 75 countries meaning this is the place to showcase aerospace products and technology to the world.

We will have the following products on the stand to demonstrate and sample:

We will also be demonstrating our brand new product – never before showcased at an Exhibition.

Where can you find us?


Stop by Hall 1, Stand 1352!

Visitors to the stand will receive a free product demonstration – including a brand new, never-before showcased solution which will revolutionise the fastener management market.

We are now taking appointments on the stand for your product demonstrations and meetings.  Come and join us for a chat and a coffee and we are happy to discuss how our product range can save your company time and money with inventory management.

We are in Hall 1 stand 1352
TwinBins in situ in Mexico

What Next?


To discuss our product range further, it’s very easy – Just come and see us at the show!

If you want to book a specific time and date with a member of the team, then you can contact us as follows:

Email:  Info@hurstgreenplastics.com

Telephone:  +44(0)01254 825588

Contact us through the website

If you can’t make it to the Farnborough Airshow, then you can see us at our next events:

Aviation Forum:  5-7th November 2018.  Hamburg, Germany.

Avalon Airshow:  26th February – 3rd March 2019.  Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Contact us here to arrange a meeting.

Reel big news from TwinBin.com

The Launch

TwinBin.com have launched their new product The SMT/SMD Reel Stock Indicator to the market following success from trials which have taken place in an Aerospace Electronics facility. The SMT/SMD Reel Stock Indicator is an RFID Compatible Stock Indicator which displays the stock level status of your SMT/SMD Reels.  When the reels are in stock, the indicator is secure and not on display. Once the reel has been used and removed from its housing the red flag pops up to notify that more stock is required. Once this is displayed the manager of the reels can simply count the red flags and re-order what is required. Once the next batch is on order, they simply set the flag to yellow scanned. When the reels are placed back into stock, the flag is reset. The indicator is RFID Compatible, so this process can be completely automated.

The Trial

The product was designed for an Aerospace Electronics company in the USA following their need for indicators for SMD/SMT Reels – as these were regularly out of stock causing a pause in production.  The facility was already successful in its use of RFID technology to manage various items within the facility so this was important.   Following protype testing and various discussions the first batch was supplied in December with the remainder being supplied in January.  Following successful trials over the next couple of months the Reel Indicators have been a success and TwinBin.com are confidently launching the product to the market.

Advantages of the SMT/SMD Reel Stock Indicator

  • Reduces stock outs
  • Reduces stock held
  • Visual indicator of stock levels
  • Fits multiple widths of reels
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Fully automated replenishment when combined with RFID Technology
  • Suitable in ESD Environment
  • Free samples to test with your reels before you order

The TwinBin System: Used in 32 States in the USA

Hurst Green Plastics Ltd have proudly sold their range of innovative storage solutions including the TwinBin System to 32 states in the USA.

The TwinBin System has just been delivered to Anchorage, Alaska which added the state to the growing list of states already seeing the many benefit of the system.  The TwinBin System has many benefits which include:

  • Reduces and can prevent stock outs
  • First in First out (FiFO stock rotation)
  • Provides traceability of parts
  • Reduces stock held
TwinBin Alaska

The TwinBin System works by storing reserve stock above active stock in a Two Bin System.  Once the active stock has been depleted the user simply pulls the slider to release the reserve stock into the active stock chamber.  Once the slider is pulled a red flag pops up informing the manager of the bins that more stock is required. Once more stock is on the way the manager simply changes the flag to yellow. Once the next batch is available its placed into the reserve chamber and the flag is set back to green and the cycle continues.

The TwinBin System saves companies time & money with their inventory control of fasteners, fixings and small parts.  It can also assist Fastener Distribution companies with their VMI programmes.  The TwinBin System has been sold to over 57 Countries across the world with new markets becoming available all the time.

The TwinBin System isn’t just for Aerospace. 

The system has been successfully installed in Rail & Engineering facilities across the world and even Hospitals and Dental facilities have enjoyed the benefits of the system and seen the cost saving opportunity and return on investment.

Success for Hurst Green FC

Hurst Green Plastics are proud sponsors of Hurst Green FC who are now top of the West Lancashire Division One League.

Saturdays top of the table clash with Milnthorpe Corinthians ended in a 1-1 draw to place Hurst Green FC at the top of the Table.   A goal from Sam Hayes at The Strands has secured the team the top spot in the league.

Hurst Green Plastics have been the main sponsors for the team for over 20 years & they continue to do us proud!

You can see them next, at home, against Hawcoat Park on Saturday 24th February.  The office wishes them the best of the luck for this game and the rest of the season.