Still too few wood mill operators and managers understand how improving the quality of inventory data is an easy way to improve performance at a relatively low capital investment.
For example, let’s say you, like many mill operators, have a somewhat fuzzy picture of the products you have in inventory along the entire production chain. Not only you don’t have an exact count of what’s ready to sell, you likely have no precise idea of what’s in your pipeline. In other words, you can’t tell exactly what you have to sell, in what quantities, or even when you’ll have enough and when, figuratively cutting the ground out from under your sales team’s feet. When opportunities crop up, the team can’t make trustworthy promises.
That may sound harsh, but in our high-tech world, “gut feeling” is still how many wood transformation mills across North America operate.
Deploying the right technologies in your mill (e.g., labelling, scanners, data management systems) enables you to:
From an operational standpoint this has several benefits: