Using the Visual Inventory Management System within Your Ink Department
Hey everyone! We are back with another inventory hack. In this blog, we will be covering your ink supply in your screen printing shop. In our last blog, we introduced you to the basic principles we use for keeping track of your screen printing supplies using an inventory management system. Take a look at that blog, but let’s give you a quick recap.
Double Minimum System and Trigger Time
Ryonet’s Inventory Management System is a double minimum system that alerts you and your team about critical inventory needs using visual cues and trigger times. In essence, you set up your inventory system with two of the same item, so when you run out of one you still have a spare while you are waiting for your new order to arrive.
Setting Up Your Shelves
Let’s get started! We recommend you set up two shelves for your ink inventory management system. You can use shelves on a wire rack, shelves on the wall, or whatever works best for you. For naming sakes, let’s call the shelves our primary and secondary shelves. In order to fill both your primary and secondary shelf, you need double the amount of ink you would use during your trigger time. You will place one of the given amounts of ink on the primary shelf and the other given amount of ink on the secondary shelf. So if you have a trigger time of one week for one gallon of ink, you would need two gallons of ink. Place the first gallon on the primary shelf and the second gallon on the secondary shelf.
Using the System
When you are ready to use one of the containers of ink pull it from the primary shelf. Once you are done using this container, place it back on the shelf. When it is empty, throw it away and move the container of ink from the secondary shelf to the primary shelf.
Take a look at both your primary and secondary shelves once you hit your trigger time. Make sure to order what is missing from your secondary shelf. If there are containers of ink missing from your primary shelf make sure to order those too! The easiest ways to order ink is to hop on over to screenprint.com or use our quick order app.
A best practice to keep in mind is that upon reordering, you should ideally have about 20% of product in your secondary container left over when the re-order arrives at your door.
The next blog in this series will be featuring how to adapt this inventory hack to your darkroom. If you have any questions on how to make the system work for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Book a Consultation
If you are ready to set this system up in your shop, follow this link to set up a consultation with one of our print pros. We’ll dig in to discover your specific business needs and create a customized Visual Inventory Management solution to help lean out your business. A 10% discount on your backup row of supplies will be included in this consultation.
About the Quick Order App
The all new Quick Order App is the fastest way to order your consumables without taking you away from production. To learn more about the quick order app check out the videos here and here. The app is available in the Apple App Store as well as Google Play!
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