“THE LOGISTICS OF MULTIFIX ARE IN CONSTANT FLUX”

“THE LOGISTICS OF MULTIFIX ARE IN CONSTANT FLUX”


“The great thing about logistics is that it always moves: improvements are always possible. Multifix’ logistics is also constantly changing, which means that the work always remains interesting for me. For example, because of the Kardex loading systems that we recently purchased.

José-Felipe van de Ven is a Logistics Employee at Multifix; he is mainly involved in receiving goods and improving work processes. The purchase of ‘the Kardexes’ was an important change: “I found the chain reaction that followed particularly interesting, we started working differently but also had more space available. That offered a lot of opportunities”.

WHAT ARE KARDEX CABINETS?

“The Kardex cabinets allow us to process the number of order lines faster, they mostly contain fasteners. In the past we needed a lot of space and time for order picking. There are 43 drawers in one Kardex cabinet, each drawer can hold 465 kilos of products. We save a lot of space, we also go up. We already had three cabinets now, and in 2020 three more will be added.

“Picking orders is now much faster, you can almost blindly pick for any order. It works simply by means of two color buttons, so you know what the picked item belongs to. Previously we had to scan receipts and after picking we had to check which article belonged to which receipt, much more searching work than now”.

DO ALL FASTENERS GO IN A KARDEX?
“Eventually 90% of all A-grade items will end up in the cabinets, so all we have to do is put in the racks for B-grade items or special fasteners. Which items we put in the cabinets and in what quantities is a matter of calculation and measurement. For example, if you need to go to a high location three times a week for an item, it’s wiser to place it in the Kardex. We also look at the minimum and maximum stock. We want the article to fit into the Kardex in its entirety every time it arrives, regardless of orders”.

“We can look at the picking history per article, based on that the article will or won’t fit in the Kardex. The picking frequency and the number of replenishment moments then determines how much space an article gets in the Kardex. Last year I started to study every article: not only how often it is picked, but also in what numbers. You have to look at which method yields the least work per product”.

“Just like at the supermarket, you have to fill the Kardex when the stock drops below a minimum. That minimum tells you how much of that article has to be in stock, if the quantity is below the minimum it will be added to the replenishment list and this article will be replenished from the bulk. New customers of course have a lot of influence on the stock”.

WHAT DOES THIS YIELD FOR CUSTOMERS?
“The chance to make mistakes is a lot smaller now. The Kardex indicates everything: in which drawer, which compartment, which article and the quantity to be picked. It is also clearer which order the articles belong to. For Multifix it mainly saves space and time. Because we now have more space, we are shoveling the entire warehouse. We want to arrange everything better, more accurately and more efficiently.

“For example, we have placed a roller conveyor behind the Kardex, the work now goes from ‘push’ to ‘pull’. The colleague standing at the Kardex now determines the pace, which works much more structured and clear. We also work with color boxes, so you can see whether an order has priority or not, or whether it is intended for the kanban system”.

HOW DO YOU LIKE IT WITH MULTIFIX?
“Working at Multifix is very enjoyable, the colleagues are nice and there is a good atmosphere. The culture is informal, but everyone knows what is expected of him or her and does. That’s very pleasant to work with. There is enough space here to develop yourself and the guidance is also very nice”.

“At the time, 4 years ago, I was looking for a practical company for my BBL training, and the match with Multifix turned out to be good. I prefer to focus on improving the work processes, especially finding out why things can be done differently and what works best for everyone, I find interesting”.

“I led the Kardex project from the moment the bullet went through the church and these cabinets were going to be installed. Of course I fell in love, the combination with my training was perfect. The movements in the logistics of Multifix will keep me busy for a while”.

“THE LOGISTICS OF MULTIFIX IS IN CONSTANT FLUX”
“The great thing about logistics is that it never stands still, after all, improvements are always possible. Multifix’ logistics is also constantly changing, which means that the work always remains interesting for me. For example, because of the Kardex loading systems that we recently purchased.

José-Felipe van de Ven is a Logistics Employee at Multifix; he is mainly involved in receiving goods and improving work processes. The purchase of ‘the Kardexes’ was an important change: “I found the chain reaction that followed the rest of the logistics particularly interesting, we started working differently but also had more space available. That offered a lot of opportunities”.

WHAT ARE KARDEX CABINETS?
“The Kardex cabinets allow us to process the number of order lines faster, especially the fasteners are in these cabinets. In the past we needed a lot of space and time for order picking. There are 43 drawers in one Kardex cabinet, each drawer can hold 465 kilos of products. You save so much space, we also go the height. We already had three cabinets, and in 2020 three more will be added.

“Picking orders is now much faster, you can almost blindly pick for any order. It works simply by means of two color buttons, so you know what the picked item belongs to. Previously we had to scan receipts and after picking we had to check which article belonged to which receipt, much more searching work than now”.

DO ALL FASTENERS GO IN A KARDEX?
“Eventually 90% of all A-grade items will end up in the cabinets, so all we have to do is put in the racks for B-grade items or special fasteners. Which items we put in the cabinets and in what quantities is a matter of calculation and measurement. For example, if you need to go to a high location three times a week for an item, it’s wiser to place it in the Kardex. We also look at the minimum and maximum stock. We want the article to fit into the Kardex in its entirety every time it arrives, regardless of orders”.

“We can look at the picking history per article, based on that the article will or won’t fit in the Kardex. The picking frequency and the number of replenishment moments then determines how much space an article gets in the Kardex. Last year I started to study every article: not only how often it is picked, but also in what numbers. You have to look at which method yields the least work per product”.

“Just like at the supermarket, you have to fill the Kardex when the stock drops below a minimum. That minimum tells you how much of that article has to be in stock, if the quantity is below the minimum it will be added to the replenishment list and this article will be replenished from the bulk. New customers of course have a lot of influence on the stock”.

WHAT DOES THIS YIELD FOR CUSTOMERS?
“The chance to make mistakes is a lot smaller now. The Kardex indicates everything: in which drawer, which compartment, which article and the quantity to be picked. It is also clearer which order the articles belong to. For Multifix it mainly saves space and time. Because we now have more space, we are shoveling the entire warehouse. We want to arrange everything better, more accurately and more efficiently.

“For example, we have placed a roller conveyor behind the Kardex, the work now goes from ‘push’ to ‘pull’. The colleague standing at the Kardex now determines the pace, which works much more structured and clear. We also work with color boxes, so you can see whether an order has priority or not, or whether it is intended for the kanban system”.

HOW DO YOU LIKE IT WITH MULTIFIX?
“Working at Multifix is very enjoyable, the colleagues are nice and there is a good atmosphere. The culture is informal, but everyone knows what is expected of him or her and does. That’s very pleasant to work with. There is enough space here to develop yourself and the guidance is also very nice”.

“At the time, 4 years ago, I was looking for a practical company for my BBL training, and the match with Multifix turned out to be good. I prefer to focus on improving the work processes, especially finding out why things can be done differently and what works best for everyone, I find interesting”.

“I led the Kardex project from the moment the bullet went through the church and these cabinets were going to be installed. Of course I fell in love, the combination with my training was perfect. The movements in the logistics of Multifix will keep me busy for a while”.

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