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8 Factors to Fix a Dysfunctional Storeroom

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8 Factors to Fix a Dysfunctional Storeroom

  1. 1. 8 Factors to Fix a Dysfunctional Storeroom © Life Cycle Engineering
  2. 2. Even with great people and processes, without a well-controlled and well-managed storeroom you’ll experience inefficiencies and other potential pitfalls that will contribute to high maintenance costs and low productivity. © Life Cycle Engineering
  3. 3. There are 8 variables you must control if you want to master the Materials Management process. © Life Cycle Engineering
  4. 4. 1. Infrastructure © Life Cycle Engineering
  5. 5. Many times the “warehouse” is nothing more than a building that was recently cleaned out or even abandoned. There may be holes in the roof, broken windows, missing doors, poor lighting, and faulty or nonexistent humidity controls. Storing materials in these conditions isn’t a whole lot better than just leaving them completely unprotected out in the open environment. © Life Cycle Engineering
  6. 6. 2. Location © Life Cycle Engineering
  7. 7. Just because space is available somewhere doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to utilize it for stocking material. Having too great a distance between the storeroom and where parts are needed can introduce inherent delays. © Life Cycle Engineering
  8. 8. 3. Accessibility © Life Cycle Engineering
  9. 9. If anyone can get into your storeroom whenever they want, then you probably don’t have the necessary controls in place to ensure that materials are properly handled, effectively managed and accurately checked out. © Life Cycle Engineering
  10. 10. 4. Physical Layout © Life Cycle Engineering
  11. 11. Does material move quickly between areas (i.e. from the Receiving dock to Incoming Inspection to Stores to Kitting to Shipping)? Does material move efficiently within each individual area? In other words, is there adequate aisle space for people and handling equipment; are there a lot of dead ends; have obstacles been removed? © Life Cycle Engineering
  12. 12. 5. Logical Layout © Life Cycle Engineering
  13. 13. To be fair, few storerooms are ever intentionally designed with puzzling identification schemes. It happens over time, generally as a result of limited space, wholesale relocation of material, or lack of resources to make mass changes in the system when storage media are rearranged. © Life Cycle Engineering
  14. 14. 6. Visual Management © Life Cycle Engineering
  15. 15. Providing large visible signage to guide people around can be a helpful tool. It may be as simple as row identifiers (“A,” “B,” “C,” etc.). It may be arrows pointing to specific sections of the storeroom (e.g. “Free Issue,” “Consignment,” or “VMI”). © Life Cycle Engineering
  16. 16. 7. Space Utilization © Life Cycle Engineering
  17. 17. One of the most common laments heard from warehouse managers and storeroom personnel is, “We’re out of room!” Frequently, “lack of space” is a perception rather than reality, and has nothing to do with space at all. What it really involves is inventory control, or lack thereof. © Life Cycle Engineering
  18. 18. 8. Handling Equipment © Life Cycle Engineering
  19. 19. Last but not least, make sure all of your material handling equipment and supplies are maintained properly. This stuff isn’t cheap, and neither is keeping it all in good working condition, but the alternative can be much more time-consuming and costly. © Life Cycle Engineering
  20. 20. If you don’t proactively manage your storeroom, your storeroom will eventually manage you! © Life Cycle Engineering
  21. 21. Need to Know More About Managing an Effective Storeroom? Download our FAQ Series: Materials Management Resource. In this compilation of frequently asked questions, our Materials Management experts address some of the most common challenges that our clients experience in meeting these seemingly conflicting objectives. Click Here to Download Now For more resources and to learn more about Life Cycle Engineering visit:
  22. 22. About Life Cycle Engineering Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) provides consulting, engineering, applied technology and education solutions that deliver lasting results for private industry, the Department of Defense and other government organizations. The quality, expertise and dedication of our employees enable Life Cycle Engineering to serve as a trusted resource that helps people and organizations to achieve their full potential. Founded in 1976, LCE is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina with offices across North America and experience around the globe. The Life Cycle Institute’s Materials Management course will help you manage your storeroom in a way that successfully balances the needs of operations and maintenance while optimizing your inventory and carrying costs. Learn more. Life Cycle Engineering's experts have written serveral articles on Materials Management. Learn more. Life Cycle Engineering offers MRO Best Practices Assessment and Coaching. Learn more. TRAINING: ARTICLES: SERVICES: Got a specific problem you’re trying to solve? Chances are that we have helped someone solve a similar problem. Email and we’ll explain how we helped. Or visit our website