Taking control of inventory management at Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe (M-ACE)

Working in partnership with M-ACE to help save costs and reduce wastage on PPE and consumables, Scott Direct has installed six new Inventor-e industrial vending machines at its manufacturing facilities in Livingston.

The new iVendScale Plus vending machines are kept stocked with a bespoke range of PPE-related products including specialist gloves, eye protection, and high-vis items. The full range of PPE is supplied and re-stocked by Scott Direct.

Alasdair McColl at Scott Direct said: “We were tasked with several key objectives for this project; to save costs by reducing unnecessary or careless consumption of PPE and consumables; providing 24-hour access to supplies, as well as reducing the time and cost associated with processing, storage and distribution, and improving the overall customer experience.

“Our automated and accountable vending solution is already proving highly successful – producing less wastage, driving efficiency and saving money.”

Rodney Ayre, head of manufacturing at Mitsubishi Electric, stated: “The implementation of these systems moves to a smart solution of consumable management with effective cost reduction; initial trials show up to 18% reduction in consumption rate – the end result less waste, less cost with more targeted use, replenishment and purchasing.”

Inventor-e’s iVendScale Plus machine was selected for this installation. It is a scale-based inventory management vending system providing secure access and dispensing of products. The system logs inventory data collected via the scales as products are dispensed.

Users can access products quickly and easily without having to manually log or update inventory. Stock levels are monitored and updated accurately when products are dispensed from the scale-containers and the outer doors are closed.

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To minimise time spent waiting for the allocation of products during work time, items are accessed using an ID card. The user swipes their ID card to gain access to the iVendScale cabinet and removes the required items. Load sensors instantly recognise the change in stock weight and accurately gauge the corresponding change in product quantity. When the user closes the door to complete the transaction, the precise quantity of each product issued to the user is date and time-stamped.

iVendScale calculates individual stock requirements at all locations, in real time, with data passed instantly to Sourcerer, the cloud-based inventory and asset management software, to automatically generate a new order for replenishment. Load sensors instantly recognise the increase in stock weight and the corresponding change in product quantity. Delivery of the stock is automatically date and time stamped against the re-stocker, verifying supplier delivery performance and confirming availability of product at the point of use.

Dean Henry, CEO at Inventor-e, said; “Our industrial vending solutions put the right item in the right place at the right time. Ensuring optimum productivity while preventing work stoppages and controlling costs.

“The cloud-based inventory management software, Sourcerer, enables customers to effectively manage and control usage of material across all Inventor-e solutions and can also be used in mobile and storeroom environments with the SmartStores app, as well as vending solutions, providing real time company-wide visibility and control of materials.”

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