Powering The Automotive Future: A Supply Chain Success Story

31 May 2023

The Challenge:

For nearly a decade, NNR Global Logistics has been entrusted with the critical task of overseeing the production of magnets for a world-leading EV manufacturer. Our team at NNR Netherlands expertly manages the transportation of these magnets from Japan to the Netherlands, utilising air or ocean freight. However, in compliance with the stringent Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), the magnets are shipped in an unmagnetised state, presenting a unique challenge. Our team at NNR Netherlands meticulously ensures that the magnetisation process is executed efficiently upon arrival at our NNR Netherlands facility, where they are subsequently stored and transported to the customer.

The Strategy and the Solution:

1. Efficiency:

To optimise our supply chain management system, we implemented several measures to streamline our processes. Our Warehouse Management System (WMS) allows us to efficiently manufacture unmagnetised to magnetised items per lot number. By using a cloud-based stock list, we can easily track all movements in the production room and share this information with our customers.

2. Risk Management:

To minimise the risk of faulty products, we implemented quality control measures to ensure that the magnets are properly magnetised, stored, and shipped. We use a preparing machine that magnetises one holder at a time and check the process using a detailed report that includes the lot number, type, date, and the team member involved. The magnetic values are checked and recorded and we use a repack machine to fill the holders with magnets, which are then verified by cameras to ensure they are in the correct position. Finally, we create invoices and T1 documents for the shipment to meet all legal requirements. By implementing these measures, we are able to reduce the risk of faulty products and ensure a high level of customer satisfaction.

3. Cost Management:

To ensure cost-effectiveness, we calculate the number of holders that can be created per lot number, ensuring that the repack machine runs efficiently. We also use a program from the automotive company to produce shipment papers and labels and arrange and approve pickups through their B2B program. This not only reduces the cost but also streamlines the shipping process, making it more efficient.

The Result:

As part of our commitment to ensuring the highest standards of quality and reliability, we have implemented a system that ensures proper magnetisation and storage of the products while maintaining accurate records of the manufacturing process. This has enabled us to efficiently manage the supply chain system, with the cloud-based WMS offering real-time monitoring of the movements of the magnets, thereby enhancing transparency and trust.

The implementation of this system has resulted in significant improvements in the efficiency and accuracy of the supply chain management system. The time required to magnetise the products and fill the holders has been reduced, while the risk of errors occurring during these processes has also been minimised. Our clients have expressed high levels of satisfaction with the quality of the magnets and the transparency of the manufacturing process. The final products are shipped to Germany, ensuring prompt delivery to our esteemed customer.

As a result of these efforts, NNR has been able to increase its productivity and profitability, while maintaining a strong reputation for quality and reliability in the industry.

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