General Motors Holden: Case Study
CASE STUDY – GENERAL MOTORS HOLDEN
General Motors Holden previously used a heavy forklift to unload containers at their engine factory, goods were then loaded onto a trolley so a tractor could take the trolley to the factory, as the yard surface was not suitable for the forklift to travel over. The double handling of containers was inefficient, and increased goods damage due to their triple handling.
After discussions with Mobicon they purchased a 2T Straddle Carrier which now brings a loaded container right to the factory, reducing double handling of the freight, and eliminating the need for tractors and trolleys and ultimately saving money.
The Australian Reinforcing Company (ARC) were looking for a solution to a number of site problems at their Geebung site in Queensland, Australia.
The method ARC used for loading steel onto trailers was very dangerous and unsafe. The operators had to work at height, using loading frames and harnesses that were uncomfortable and often impaired or restricted movement. The company had experienced some accidents where operators had fallen off the steel loads.
There was a lot of money tied up in trailers that also took up a lot of space in the yard when loaded or empty.
The loading of steel on trailers for the first wave of deliveries would happen over night, picked up by trucks first thing in the morning. Often end-users would delay deliveries, resulting in loaded trailers being left for extended periods of time in the yard, often days. This delay caused the need for significantly more trailers in the fleet than actual loads delivered in each wave of deliveries.
A second (and sometimes third) wave of deliveries would happen each day. If there were spare trailers, the second wave loading would take place before a truck returned with an empty trailer. If there were no empty trailers available, the production would need to wait until an empty trailer returned. As often happened, trucks needed to wait to be loaded (2 to 3 hours at a time) when they returned for their second wave delivery, ARC would then need to pay for the waiting time of the truck.
ARC was looking for a way to do the following:
After discussions with Mobicon Systems a solution was presented to ARC by way of a Mobicon Straddle Carrier. ARC implemented a new Mobicon System shortly thereafter, in conjunction with a set of 50+ container bases (flat-racks), most of which they sourced as “used” product. This enabled ARC to do the followng:
The initial financial case included the following:
Subsequently, the plant has had a significant improvement in productivity:
Since implementing the initial solution, ARC has installed 3 more Mobicon/Flat-Rack Systems in their operations in Melbourne, Sydney and at a 2nd Brisbane site. In each city the business case was very similar.
“Smorgon Steel (now known as One Steel) have purchased 5 Mobicons for various national locations. By utilising the Mobicon and transiflats, we have significantly reduced on-site congestion, making the yard a safer workplace.
Instead of staff working at a trailer height of 1.5 metres, they are now working at a safe 300mm off the ground. This alone was a major contributing factor for the implementation of the Mobicon to this business.”
Distribution & Customer Service Manager
Smorgon Steel Reinforcing QLD