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Atherstone facility selects HighJump Warehouse Advantage from 3M for adaptability and speed of implementation
3M Supply Chain Solutions, the international operating arm of HighJump Software and a division of diversified technology company 3M, has installed a new warehouse management system (WMS) at 3Ms abrasive products manufacturing site in Atherstone, Warwickshire.
HighJump Warehouse Advantage was chosen for its flexibility to adapt quickly to planned changes in the operating environment. The entire implementation was specified, designed, tested, installed and taken live within six months to meet a tight timetable for the migration of 3Ms Just In Time supply hub a critical part of the companys European supply chain.
Organisational changes provided the catalyst to implement an improved WMS, and by selecting HighJump Warehouse Advantage we have simultaneously gained efficiency, flexibility and cost advantages, said Kay Jacks, Hub Manager, 3M Atherstone. We were even able to define some very site-specific web-based reports at the beginning of the project and these were incorporated into the installed system. We have also been able to enhance our call-off capabilities and increase automation of processes such as labelling and packaging to improve the accuracy, speed and efficiency of the hub.
With a far-reaching project and a short timeframe for completion, the inherent flexibility of HighJump Warehouse Advantage allowed the new system to inter-operate straight away with existing supply chain systems. We were able to interface with the inventory management systems already in place at Atherstone, as well as those operated by the sites vendor partners, to achieve a seamless and transparent transition, said Karen Vyse, Vendor Manager at 3M Atherstone.
3M Supply Chain Solutions professional services team worked with Kay Jacks and her team at Atherstone to ensure that the new system leveraged 3Ms Lean Six Sigma best practices while also meeting local needs. On-site support was also provided during the WMS testing phase to identify potential issues and ensure correct operation of the system. Given the mission critical environment, when the time came to go live, it was imperative that the switch-over should occur transparently to the production line and to the hubs suppliers.
Despite the tight time constraints, we were able to develop a rapid, comprehensive test strategy that allowed us to perfect the system in advance of the go live date, commented Jon Ackroyd of 3M Atherstone. The switch-over was completed in a weekend, with zero disruption to any aspect of the operation, from close-down of the legacy system on the Friday evening to full operational status the following Monday morning.
Commenting on the success of the project, Hugh Murphy, Regional Sales & Marketing Manger, 3M Supply Chain Solutions, said, HighJump Warehouse Advantage is a modern WMS built on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), which delivers tremendous operational advantages. The achievement of the entire changeover within the six month timeframe demonstrates the solid fundamental architecture and rapid flexibility of HighJump Warehouse Advantage, and the commitment of teams both at 3M Atherstone and 3M Supply Chain Solutions.
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The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3850 people across 17 locations, including 11 manufacturing sites. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, respirators, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents and passport scanners.