Managing inventory is an absolute necessity for any organization or business to ensure efficiency and productivity. Stock-outs and overstocking can wreak havoc on your budget or your desired results. A Kanban based system is offered by many manufacturers to enhance control of products or supplies. Metro’s new Two Bin Kanban Storage Solution claims to take efficiency to the next level by improving visibility, streamlining replenishment and maximizing storage space while offering customization and versatility. So today we decided to put it to the test.
The Kanban concept comes from Toyota in the 1940’s. Kanban was developed by a Toyota engineer as a way to improve efficiency through visual representation. A Two Bin Kanban Storage Solution utilizes two identical bins containing the same item in any of the following set ups (one placed in front of the other or next to another or on top of one another). When the first bin is empty, it is removed to a replenishment location while the second bin is pulled forward for use. When the first bin is restocked, it is placed where the second bin originally was. The bins rotate in this manner, never running out, and easily visually alerting staff when a refill is required.
Metro’s new Two Bin Kanban Storage Solution integrates seamlessly with Metro’s Super Erecta as well as the QwikSlot shelving systems (if slanted shelves are needed). Once you have the Super Erecta or Qwikslot shelving easily adjusted to the height you need, then you can easily arrange the Kanban system in various bins in several arraignments that support your supplies and or inventory. Just like the name suggests, you can place the bins two deep, two wide or two high. Additionally, for easy and swift reconfiguration, you can remove, add or adjust a shelf height without disassembling the entire unit. Overall weight capacity per unit is 800 lbs making this a good fit for almost any storage room. Additionally, casters can be added to the shelving unit to make your Kanban storage system easily mobile.
The most important part of the Kanban solution is the visual identification. Metro provides 6 distinct color coded shelf markers and their supply bins are available in many different colors (including clear) and multiple heights to aid in swift visual identification. If there is a color bin you would like and you don't see it on our website, please ask us about it.
Metro’s new Two Bin Kanban Storage Solution has it all figured out. It lives up to its hype as it truly provides the following benefits: improving visibility, streamlining replenishment and maximizing storage space while offering customization and versatility. Metro’s new Two Bin Kanban Storage Solution is available as individual components and can be configured by your Atlantic Shelving Sales Rep to meet your specific storage room needs.