Gateway increases efficiency further through new Supply Technologies system
Supply Technologies has supported Gateway Chassis Solutions with the implementation of a new supply system to streamline production processes further. Gateway has developed an innovative new system for chassis production, using a range of components and specialist tools, improving efficiency, and increasing the product’s sturdiness.
Supply Technologies has provided its Kanban and vending machine solutions to help Gateway Chassis improve the efficiency of its manufacturing processes along with the management of purchasing, stock control and storage of key components, ranging from nuts and bolts to hole-saws and grinding discs required for production.
Typically, the vending machines hold 2-3 months worth of stock of every item potentially needed, and with further back up stock held 20 minutes away by Supply Technologies the system is capable of fulfilment even with production cycle fluctuations.
Chris Ramsden, Managing Director of Gateway Chassis Solutions Ltd, said: “Our new innovative procedures are all about value engineering, and giving the customer what they want, to suit the product.
“The feedback from the shop floor has been really good, they’ve got access to the vending machines, and the stock replenishment is there exactly when they need it. Historically, there were situations requiring trips to the purchasing department and time lost chasing down components. That doesn’t happen now, which saves time and it is much more efficient. It’s great.”
Gary Russell, Director of Business Development – UK Supply Technologies, said: “The technology installed is there to streamline the business and create efficiencies in both time and money. As demand increases, it is vital to have a highly efficient process that is supported by an agile supply chain. This is achieved by holding a good stock of every component required in the manufacturing process, and the ability to react to any changes and respond to situations rapidly.”
“It’s encouraging to see the British caravan sector experiencing a positive period. The industry employs tens of thousands of people and we are proud to be supporting them with this new partnership with Gateway Chassis Solutions Ltd.”
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