Machinery & Components
Voith launches auto inventory management system
By P&PC staff
By P&PC staff
May 10, 2018 – Voith Paper, North America, has taken efficiency to a new level with an easy-to-use automated inventory management system, ensuring coater and doctor blade availability while boosting profitability.
“Maintaining an available supply of coater and doctor blades is essential to operational efficiency in our customers’ mills,” Matthias Breidsprecher, senior director, corporate accounts, Voith Paper, said. “However, keeping extra inventory on hand equates to added overhead and that’s why having an automated inventory management system provides so much value. With our automated IMS, customers now have 24/7 access to Voith Skyline coater and doctor blades for every machine position – without having to maintain an expensive inventory of supplies or the time spent managing a store.”
The automated IMS delivers distinct benefits that enhance the bottom line:
• Always available – day or night, access is available to a supply of doctor blades through the online IMS that allows parts to be checked out easily, then instantly reordered and shipped to facilities for restocking.
• Reduces overhead – with automatic reordering through the IMS, the cost of warehousing additional inventory is avoided. Plus, customers gain greater insight into slow-moving or obsolete parts.
• Saves time on the line and in the back office – unlike traditional stores, the inventory locker can be located close to the paper machine and parts are quickly dispensed. Purchase orders and invoice processing are also reduced.
• User accountability – every time a transaction takes place, the part, employee information and time are logged.
Featuring an intuitive touchscreen display, the system is designed for ease-of-use and speed when checking out doctor blades.
“Customers can simply swipe an employee ID card or enter a manual identity code to access the IMS,” Breidsprecher said. “Then, they can select their desired doctor blade and a corresponding locker door opens, allowing for easy product removal. Upon withdrawal, a notification is automatically sent to Voith and a new doctor blade is immediately shipped to our customers for restocking.”
To learn more about Voith’s automated IMS or to contact a sales representative, visit http://ow.ly/HY2M30hOstQ