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solutions vanderlande industries

manufactured and installed by Vanderlande. In some
cases, the company even provides long-term service and
maintenance of the systems. But just because Vanderlande handles the entire design and manufacturing
does not mean customers are limited to its technology.
Vanderlande is an integrator capable of implementing
other OEMs' software or equipment into its systems.

Consolidating Functions
Mathies' challenge is delivering those innovative products to customers. Vanderlande's integrated supply
chain is responsible for sourcing all of the products and
services, from the components that make up the machines and the contracts with the electrical installer to
arranging the on-site dumpsters used for waste disposal. It is also charged with managing the assimilation of
third-party intellectual property and components and
handling any aftermarket spare parts.
Vanderlande operates three supply chain centers

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located in The Netherlands, Shanghai and Marietta, Ga.
"From those three centers, we basically cover the globe,"
Mathies says.
The new manufacturing facility near Marietta, Ga., in
Acworth is the newest addition to Vanderlande's supply
chain network. The 173,000-square-foot facility opened
June 28 and consolidated the company's manufacturing
and distribution operations, previously housed in their
own buildings separated by a 35-mile drive.
Bringing manufacturing and distribution under
one roof eliminated the time it took to move systems
between the two facilities, making Vanderlande more
responsive to customers and accelerating delivery
schedules. Product can now be made and stored in
a shared warehouse. Further, strategic sourcing and
category managers and purchasing have better access
to their colleagues on the manufacturing side.
"We've already gained some efficiencies in our manufacturing," Mathies said of the first few weeks of operation in the new building. "We're not having to transport
things an hour down the road from factory to distribution center so that's a huge gain."
In addition to manufacturing and distribution, the
facility also brought in Vanderlande's spare parts operations, giving the supply chain team a more complete view
of all the requirements for procurement.
Combining all those functions into one building
required extensive planning. Vanderlande has a certified
lean Six Sigma master black belt-trained person on its
supply chain team who developed many of the processes
that enabled those three divisions to work in unison. The
company also invested in technologies such as bar coding
and RFID to improve visibility into its production and
supply chain and provide real-time data on performance.
It also instituted a TMS system so it could track the
estimated time of arrival for inbound shipments from
suppliers and outbound deliveries to customers. "We
really have visibility of everything from end-to-end in
our supply chain," Mathies says.
The new consolidated facility and the increased visibility granted by technology upgrades help Vanderlande
deliver on its goals of reducing customers' lead times and
costs. "What we're continuing to do is we're developing
newer, faster products," Mathies says. "We're bringing
more products into the U.S. market to satisfy more
customers. Because of the growth of e-commerce, we're
matching the market."



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