METHODS BEFORE MADNESS: Warehouse logistics designed to flow with production

Years ago, U.S. funk rocker, Dr. John, rose on the popular music charts with a song entitled, “Right Place, Wrong Time.” Confused about more than simply his timing in life, the anthem’s universal title hits home for those responsible for smooth, efficient manufacturing logistics: It begs the question, “Is what is needed available where and when needed?”

Add to that the costs, environmental concerns, and plant safety ramifications of process materials, and managers wind up as a hybrid of air traffic and on-the-ground controllers, and meteorologists who keep a watchful eye on the sky and radar.

In nearly every case, significant investment dollars are attached to maintaining plant uptime and optimizing inventory. To assist, systems, software, and robotics have stepped in to minimize the challenges attached to materials flow. Yet, each of these requires supervision, decision-making, and adaptability as product output levels fluctuate.

Kinetics embodies the sharp eye, steady hand, and analytical insight required to stay clear of the “Right Place, Wrong Time” syndrome. The company’s warehousing and logistical support extends to the ordering process for chemicals, slurries, bulk gases, and specialty gases. Attached to this reliable supply chain are activities built around critical “who, what, when, where, why” questions.

Question #1: WHO makes the decision on warehouse ordering and shipping?

Even before there’s a warehouse to which materials can be shipped, Kinetics supports project owners by managing the financing and construction of the warehouse. Whether the facility is new, existing, or reconfigured, the company takes responsibility for chemical, slurry, bulk gas, and specialty gas ordering processes once the project build-out is completed.

Question #2: WHAT is behind Kinetics ability to tightly manage logistics?

Kinetics applies uncommon discipline to turn client forecasts and consumption patterns into a meaningful, rationalized plan and flow. Doing this optimizes system availability to deliver reliable levels of process media. Data is the start. Seasoned judgment comes next.

Question #3: WHEN does Kinetics touch – and improve – the process? ­­­

Client forecast assistance is the start. Chemical and gas purchasing comes next, followed by management of stock receipts. Product and document quality control are part of the service portfolio as well, as is compliant material labeling, storage, and booking.

Questions #4: WHERE does Kinetics add further value beyond any one order or shipment?

The release of materials, organized around a first in first out (FIFO) protocol, is one place where additional value is created. Significantly, deviation management enters the picture as trends are differentiated from anomalies, utilization is tracked against production and budget goals. In all cases, discernment comes both from data and experience.

Question #5: WHY can Kinetics span the spectrum from overarching documentation and client-specific software solutions to the gritty chore of empty container management?

A growing number of installations, contracts, and performance awards contribute to the confidence of clients worldwide, including more remote locations in Asia and beyond. Central to all of them are methods that can be clearly documented, understood, and repeated over time. By doing this consistently, processes take shape even as they accommodate the variables attached to each plant, location, and production management team.

“Right Place, Wrong Time”: There are moments when the logistics challenge is this simple. In many others, the complexities of chemicals, slurries, bulk gases, and specialty gases are less binary. For those situations, connecting with a resource equipped around “who, what, why, when, and where” is how managers are able to top their own charts.