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Contract Manufacturing Firm Coastal Life Technologies Completes First Phase of Warehouse Improvement Initiative

Coastal Life Technologies, a San Antonio-based contract manufacturing outsource provider focused on delivering turn-key services for medical devices, has completed the first phase of its warehouse improvement initiative. The improvements are based on Lean Principles and mark the first application of Lean to a process outside of manufacturing.

After receiving training in Lean principles and techniques, CLT’s team mapped out the material handling process to identify baseline performance and highlight opportunities for improvement. The team used Spaghetti Maps, Pareto analysis and visual management tools to modify the layout of the raw material storage area. Some key improvements include:

  • Increased the number of locations by 28% in the same footprint for better utilization of space
  • Improved ergonomics and inventory organization
  • Added use of hand held scanners to make real time inventory transactions, reducing errors and cutting component picking time by 50%
  • Increased Pick to Order efficiency of 14%

Two other Warehouse projects are underway and scheduled for completion in the next few months. CLT plans to continue to use Lean techniques on support activities as part of its overall continuous improvement strategy.

Pam Peters, CLT Logistics Manager commented, “We needed a better way to organize and streamline our raw material storage and handling. Because of our growth, we needed to focus on the process from start to finish.”

Centrally located in San Antonio, Texas Coastal Life Technologies, Inc. (CLT) is a single-source solution for medical device manufacturers who want to increase productivity and decrease time to market in a cost-effective and quality-controlled environment. CLT specializes in the assembly, packaging and sterilization of single-use surgical devices, and offers streamlined solutions from designing and engineering a product, warehousing, order fulfillment, distribution and shipping. CLT is ISO 13485:2003 certified with ISO Class 8 cleanrooms.