Brake machines slow Valvoline supply chain

Valvoline has vented frustration with brake machines that hinder its supply chain

Brake machines slow Valvoline supply chain
Brake machines put brakes on Valvoline supply chain
September 25, 2012

Automotive and industrial products supplier Valvoline has vented frustration with ineffective brake machines hindering its supply chain.

With Valvoline loading and wrapping 5,000 pallets a month in its Wetherill Park (NSW) production facility, Valvoline’s National Logistics Manager Kane Pilkington says its manual brake machines were constantly breaking down.

Pilkington says
there were
only two brake machines at the production facility and when a breakdown occurred one machine was left to carry the load.

"At best, it would take a machine a couple of days to be repaired, which drastically slowed down production and impacted our ability to meet our targets," he says.

"At worst, we had to employ additional staff to manually wrap pallets, just to keep up with demand."

"It also required significant hands on labour to operate the wrap function, either the forklift operator had to dismount the forklift to operate it, or another employee had to stop their task to operate it – at 5,000 pallets a month, that’s an exhausting disruption to an operator’s already busy day."

While Pilkington has not revealed the brand of the brake machines
used, he says
Valvoline has recently employed CHEP to assist with the problems.

Following a trial, the company recently installed three semi-automatic CHEPStretch machines
at the
Wetherill Park facility, and another two in other Valvoline production facilities around the country.

Pilkington says CHEP regularly services its machines.

"Our old machine was only repaired when it broke down; CHEP pro-actively services the machine to ensure it doesn’t get to the point where it breaks down," he says.

Pilkington says CHEP’s pay-per-pallet model also allows the operation to more accurately forecast budgets.

"Prior to CHEPStretch they often ended up inaccurate as they didn’t account for waste, damage, or all the hidden repairs the old manual brake machine incurred," he says.

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