Celsis helps tranform the supply chain
Celsis International, the global leader in rapid microbial detection, today announced that the company has been selected for inclusion in the 2011 Supply & Demand Chain Executive (SDCE) 100 – "100 Great Supply Chain Projects". This year's awards focus on projects that transformed supply chains and had a significant impact on a company's manufacturing process.
Celsis was selected for its success in improving and streamlining the final product release process for Kao Worldwide, formerly the Andrew Jergens Company, a leading manufacturer of personal care products. As reporter Willliam Atkinson explained in SDCE's August/September 2010 issue, "If there is a way to help the Quality department get its job done faster, then, by definition, the operations process can move along faster, thus reducing time in the supply chain."
Kao Worldwide was looking for a solution that would help them speed up product quality testing in the lab without sacrificing consumer safety. Kao selected the Celsis Advance system, a technology that delivers rapid microbiology results, for quality control and final product release of its hair care, skin care and soap products.
"Since the [Celsis] technology allows us to get micro results in half the time, we are able to release products and ship products pretty much as needed," Mark Entrup, USA corporate microbiologist for Kao, said. "This has also reduced our warehouse space significantly. Instead of having to produce and then stockpile, the technology allows us to produce as orders require."
The Celsis Advance system is designed to help customers improve cash flow and reduce working capital requirements while ensuring quality and increased responsiveness throughout the supply chain.
"Manufacturers are looking for cost efficient ways to streamline operations and reduce inventory requirements. Celsis takes great pride in being able to deliver a unique, innovative solution to help customers save money while getting their products to market quickly and safely," Celsis CEO Jay LeCoque said. "We are pleased to share this award with Kao. It is further proof that a lean Quality department can make important, bottom-line contributions."
By identifying contaminated products faster, companies using Celsis are able to respond faster, preventing more contaminated batches from being manufactured and often preventing contaminated products from being shipped to the market in the first place. The system delivers the fastest time to confirm the absence of microbial contamination – the essential information needed to release the vast majority of products quickly -- detecting even slow-growing moulds within 24 hours.
"Our readers count on Supply & Demand Chain Executive for intelligence and decision-making information on solutions and best practices for supply chain transformation,"Andrew K. Reese, editorial director of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, said. "With this year's Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, the featured '100 Great Supply Chain Projects' demonstrate the broad spectrum of opportunities for enabling excellence in the supply chain."
Final recipients will be featured in the June 2011 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, as well as online at www.SDCExec.com.
Celsis Rapid Detection is the world leader in rapid microbial methods. Utilizing patented enzyme technology, Celsis develops and supplies screening systems (instruments, software, reagents and services) for the rapid detection of microbial contamination in products manufactured for the home and beauty, food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Its rapid screening systems provide significant economic value by reducing the time it takes companies to test and release their raw materials, in-process goods and finished products to market. Celsis' extensive client base includes more than 500 active systems in over 50 countries worldwide.
Edited by Kevin Scarpati
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
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