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BHQ Saves Major Pharmaceutical Company Time and Money with SupplyPro - 10/04/07

News Image When a five-dollar stopwatch went missing, a major pharmaceutical company began to rethink the way it controlled, tracked and managed its tools. Although replacing lost property was a management concern, even more troubling was the productivity lost from time spent chasing down errant equipment and the possibility that more damaging mistakes could be made if the company’s large inventory of calibrated tools were not checked out properly.

The loss of the stopwatch prompted the manufacturer to contact Bearing Headquarters (BHQ) for a more effective way to track assets, control inventory and manage supply chain information. BHQ introduced the company to SupplyPro, an automated set of point-of-use dispensing technologies that let customers control, track and manage inventories when and where they’re needed most.

Control Over Critical Assets Helps Ensure Good Manufacturing Processes
Not only did SupplyPro immediately help the company better control its $250,000 worth of tools by electronically tracking who has a specific item and when it was taken, the automated point-of-use solutions also have helped maintain a higher degree of process control over the company’s highly sensitive calibrated tools. When a tool is due to be calibrated, SupplyPro puts a lock on that item so it cannot be checked out. With SupplyPro, management can breathe easier knowing that each piece of equipment is being taken care of properly and used only when calibrated to precise standards.

Storing Assets Onsite Reduces Storage Needs, Increases Convenience
Because SupplyPro allows users to keep high-volume, high-use items onsite, the pharmaceutical company was able to consolidate four offsite storerooms into one, saving on storage space and warehouse personnel. Loaded with inventory and tools, the SupplyPro lockers, cabinets and drawers can be accessed conveniently with proximity cards or badges carried by each employee. The SupplyPro’s web-based software electronically tracks what is being taken so that inventory easily and quickly can be maintained.

Different Point-of-Use Solutions Address Different Challenges
BHQ outfitted the pharmaceutical company with three different SupplyPro solutions in order to best meet its various needs. The SupplyPro SupplyLocker, which provides Absolute Control® in a modular, industrialized locker system, provides controlled access to the company’s highly sensitive calibrated tools. The company can customize each compartment with business rules, such as putting a lock on the compartment by expiration or calibration date.

The SupplyPro SupplyAgent, an automated point-of-use cabinet that dispenses items like a vending machine, and SmartDrawer™, an automated tool-dispensing locker with separate storage compartments and an attached computer touch screen to control access and track who has what, helps the company consolidate inventory and manage MRO and safety items.

With each SupplyPro solution, tools and inventory items are tracked from the time they are requested by technicians to the time they are returned. As a result, the system allows employees to locate shared assets quickly and alerts management when an item is missing or not returned in allotted times.

Through SupplyPro, BHQ saved a customer time, money and manpower and gave the company more security and control over critical items, protecting their bottom line for years to come.

To learn more about how SupplyPro can help you control, track and manage inventories, contact your local BHQ representative.


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