HK Logistics introduces a new approach to production logistics
June 07, 2012 - MMH Editorial
HK Logistics introduces a new approach to the logistics of production, allowing manufacturers to more quickly and accurately deliver supplies and parts to the production line – and in turn – improve their competitive position and achieve a higher return on assets.
HKL’s approach to production logistics combines advanced automation technology with the creation of a business partnership that transcends traditional supplier-manufacturer relationships. The company’s unique business model was developed based on growing demand in the U.S. manufacturing industry for new and innovative ways to improve efficiencies and profitability, according to HKL President and CEO Tom Stricker.
“In a global economy most manufacturers realize the need to move beyond traditional measures to improve efficiencies, such as lean manufacturing practices and a tighter supply chain,” Stricker says. “Yet many have either overlooked production logistics, or they don’t have the capability to do it right. And that’s where HKL comes in. We serve as both the catalyst and the vehicle that allows manufacturers to capitalize on this largely untapped opportunity to achieve much greater operational efficiency.”
HK Logistics specializes in production logistics and is ideally suited for manufacturing companies in need of improving their competitive position and return on assets. Based in New Berlin, Wisc., HKL is a Dematic company.
At the core of HKL’s solution is automated systems and advanced software, both of which combine with disciplined processes, to ensure each machine and workstation at a facility is fed with the right product in the right quantity and quality at the right time. Yet HKL breaks new ground by forming a vested partnership with each customer – giving them the ability to adopt the equipment and expertise necessary to greatly streamline their production processes.
“We’ve introduced an unprecedented model because we literally embed ourselves into our customers’ businesses and control the solution from design through operation,” Stricker says. “We even build capital requirements for the solution into the life of the contract. The approach gives customers access to the tools and people needed while minimizing their risk. At the end of the day, companies achieve a higher return on assets and also stand to save millions by improving in a number of areas, including reduced inventory and improved production capacity.”
Stricker adds that HKL has already partnered with Fortune 100 companies who have successfully adopted the company’s production logistics approach. The future for HKL and its customers, he says, looks promising.
“Based on our track record and our view of the U.S. manufacturing industry, the timing for what we offer couldn’t be better. We look forward to forming many more successful partnerships with forward-thinking manufacturers who seek greater profitability and competitiveness.”