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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by zimmatic, Nov 1, 2012.
If you go that route, it might be faster with a pdf of the mfr catalogs/pricelists
My desired outcome is simple. A place for everything and everything in its place. As the company grows with product, services, employee's and clients. There needs to be a process in place that makes sure all things are properly acocunted for and stored. When an employee asks "where is that at" I view it as my fault for not having the item clearly marked and in its place. When items are marked properly and the employee asks "where is that at" I pull them off to the side and explain to them how they where trained when they were hired to find the items they need to get their job done properly, and that typically solves the problem. No one likes to be reminded that they did not do their job and asked a stupid question.
I have to make time to solve this problem as I know if I dont it will cause much lost time, productivity, revenue, profit and many headaces for me.
If you want employees to find the proper bins, you go the zip-tie route and put the labels lower down the priority list.
No matter what you do (I had a Royal truck body with fold-down compartments, all spaced and labeled as to type and size) someone will ask, "where are the 3/4" Marlex ells?".
Bet if they were up your ass you'd know .... says dad.
We struggled with this for years and finally bit the bullet last winter. We invested in all new commercial shelving, stackable and card board bins (ULINE has a great selection and then a labeling machine.
I cannot tell you how much time do this has saved us and we have a labeled bin for every single part that we use including hand tools along with replacement blades etc. We even labeled the areas for poly and valves boxes. Being short a few key parts to complete a job had me running to the supply house at some point in the day only to then have to drive those parts to the job.
Do it right the first time since once you get going you will realize you are doing something that is going to put all the money spent back into your pocket.
Nozzle bins was another key component and before I started having one of my managers (who used to work at Ewing) do all the ordering, Ewing would come to the shop 3 times a week to restock. I had a number next to the part basically telling them how many of each part or case we needed to have on the shelf.
1" Slip 90 ELL, Qty. 6 Basically meaning we always wanted 6 cases in stock.
We also used the same bins from ULINE for all the service trucks.
I will try to figure out how to post some pictures.
The pictures are from when were trying to figure out where to place everything.
I will try to post current pictures, but you can get the idea.
The yellow bins next to the controllers are for the manuals. We open each backflow when it arrives, place all the fittings, Y-Strainer, nipple and blow down in the box to make it easier on the installers.
We also open each controller, place a pigtail w waterproof adapter, 3M orange/blue wire nuts, lock ring and conduit adapter. Again, I am trying to keep the trucks clean so they do not grab hand fulls of all the little things that end up at the bottom of the bins