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Improving the storage process of aluminum at Twentsche Kabelfabriek : reducing quality issues

Oost, E.C.M. van (2022) Improving the storage process of aluminum at Twentsche Kabelfabriek : reducing quality issues.

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Abstract:Twentsche Kabelfabriek (TKF) is an organization located in Haaksbergen that develops and produces cable solutions for customers worldwide in the Building, Industrial and Telecom market segments. In Q1 of 2022, the production output related to raw material aluminum increased by 5.4% compared to Q1 of 2021. This growth has been a trend over the past few years and has resulted in increased capital requirements, e.g., storage space. However, larger storage space is not available currently, meaning that an efficient and effective storage method for all materials and products is increasingly important. The same applies to the storage of the raw material aluminum. Currently, lacking storage and traceability methods for aluminum, and a scarcity in the aluminum market which makes purchasing aluminum from multiple suppliers necessary, has led to a suboptimal allocation of aluminum to production, resulting in high costs of poor quality (COPQ). With suboptimal allocation, we mean either using two different suppliers simultaneously for production or using low-quality aluminum for producing conductors with smaller diameters (which are more sensitive). Currently, the COPQ related to aluminum is estimated at over €X per annum. TKF wants to reduce COPQ. To achieve this, we formulated the following research question: “How can TKF improve the storage method and traceability of aluminum such that aluminum can be adequately allocated to production and COPQ can be reduced?”.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management BSc (56994)
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