Greater control over incoming flow for Camfil

Camfil was launched in Sweden in 1963 and today it is a global leader in air filtration and ventilation facilities. Since 2012, Camfil has worked actively with Unifaun in order to optimise their handling of inco-ming shipments from sub-suppliers.

asamanufacturingcompany, camfiLisdependentonastringofsuB-suppliers. One of the challenges was that these sub-suppliers all worked using different processes. This generated an impenetrable flow which did not give Camfil the right conditions in which to work efficiently and proactively. The decision was thus made within purchasing and logistics to take control of the inbound shipments. The choice of system support fell to Unifaun who presented a standardised solution that could be implemented quickly.

The roll-out of the systems solution from Unifaun involved Camfil’s 50 or so suppliers throughout Europe. They deliver in turn the raw materials needed so that 10 Camfil plants can produce the products.

“An important aspect of this for us at Camfil was to be able to take control of the incoming flows to the factory, both with regards to overall visibility but also to create better conditions for ensuring ongoing improvement in the flow,” explains Patrik Mårdvall, Group Logistics Director at Camfil.

Before the collaboration with Unifaun, Camfil had a very limited overview of the order flow from the submission of the order to the supplier to final delivery to the factory. After the project was implemented, Camfil had completely different conditions for deciding which shipper and shipping service would be used for a specific shipment. They also gained complete control over where in the flow a shipment was located and, most importantly, which day the goods were estimated to arrive at the factory. This is essential in order to be able to plan production.

We went from having very little information on the shipping flows to being able to determine how each respective suppler would book the shipments and with whom. In addition to visibility, this gave us new background info on which to base requirements for both suppliers and shippers,” said Mårdvall.

Another advantage gained by Camfil from the focus on inbound shipments is the ability to create conditions for fast adjustments to changing conditions in the delivery chain. Now they can, from one day to the next, switch shipper or shipping service by handling the view in the system the suppliers are using for booking from a central location. The difference for the supplier is minimal while Camfil can centrally reap huge benefits from this way of working.

According to Patrik Mårdvall, it was important for Camfil to find a solution which did not require too much administration and which gave the different users of the system simplicity with clearly defined boundaries. At the same time it was of utmost importance to be able to gain a visual overview from a central point of view in order to proactively be able to focus on the parts of the processes which could be improved.

oday, Camfil has an excellent overview of the inbound shipments and the users of the system are happy. The next step will be to create a corresponding overview for the outbound shipments, concludes Mårdvall.