Problem solving is an opportunity for us to do our best by finding better ways to approach your unique project. We work as a team to build momentum, we tackle every challenge along the way, and we share a clear vision of our mutual success at the end of the road.
As a solutions provider, we have vast technical expertise across several market verticals. We follow a systematic approach to identify customer challenges, develop innovative solutions, and ensure that they are expertly planned and flawlessly implemented.
We live by a set of Core Values, which defines who we are. We pledge to listen, learn and be helpful to every customer need; to act honorably and always deliver as promised. Our teams are dedicated to technical excellence so that we can work intelligently to find the right solutions for our customer's needs.
For one GMP medical device supplier, enhancements and restructuring of machinery not only led to improvements in production but also resulted in a high level of obsolete parts that were stored at the plant. As a result, valuable resource dollars were being lost and adding to the cost of production because they were tied to non-moving parts. With significant success at identifying and reducing obsolete parts, Turtle & Hughes Integrated Supply (THIS) started a supplier “Lean Assessment” of the facility, which resulted in a 29 percent reduction in obsolete parts.
The THIS team relied upon a detailed process map of our Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for obsolete item identification and disposition. The process was used to identify and reduce materials that were stored at the plant and had become obsolete as machines were taken out of production. To maximize savings, THIS evaluated higher priced items first. THIS then broke the candidate items into four segments based on purchase price, (fixed and average), cost ratio, case size and first in/first out (FIFO) parts. THIS focused on close to 6,000 SKUs to identify those parts that had not been used in three years. Unused parts were sold, liquidated or transferred to another location. Today, total inventory at the site is $14.9 million, which is down from $20.7 million just four years earlier. At the same time, the total number of SKUs was reduced by almost 3,700 items. During this facility lean management process, THIS maintained 100 percent availability of all spare parts keeping the lines running on or above target.