Pull System for Material Replenishment in Manufacturing Sunshine Meds Design
Rivas Pagán, Samelia M.
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This project evaluates the material replenishment for manufacturing lines in Sunshine Meds Company who prepares medical devices kits in a manufacturing cleaning room. Opportunities were found looking into the material handles replenishment process like a waste of time and waiting time in stations while raw materials are supplied. In this industry, the product is a medical device containing raw material with a shelf life and expiration date. The problem statement is the following: due to a lack of organization, there is a high time consumption to complete a replenishment cycle, excess inventory on the manufacturing floor, and no signals to replenish material, causing a lack of material handler flexibility to serve different manufacturing lines. Designing a Kanban system as a part of the replenishment process using two types of signals, a bin system and an inventory level system could solve the higher volume of raw material in the clean room. Key Terms ⎯ DMAIC, Lean Methodologies, Pull System, SIPOC, Six Sigma.