ZIFFPAGE TITLEDanaher CorpBy David F. Carr Print
The manufacturer's motto: maximum efficiency with minimum technology. Tom Mathis' response: a parts-tracking system to make workers more productive.. Base Case">
Danaher Corp. Base Case
Headquarters: 2099 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 828-0850
Business: The sensors and controls division of Danaher Corp. makes devices for controlling industrial processes, such as timers, counters and temperature sensors.
Chief Information Officer: Joe Beery
Project Manager: Tom Mathis, vice president of supply chain management for the controls division.
Financials in 2004: $6.8 billion in sales for parent company Danaher Corp., with net earnings of $746 million. Danaher Sensors and Controls had sales of about $400 million.
Challenge: Allow manufacturing materials buyers to spend more time negotiating with suppliers, instead of chasing down parts.
- Cut "unproductive" time spent on expedited orders for out-of-stock parts by at least 57%, from 105 to 45 hours in at least one plant.
- Eliminate the need to replace or update inventory tracking cards, saving about 30 minutes a day per manufacturing plant.
- Increase turnover of inventory to 30 times per year in 2005, up from 20 in 2004, in at least one manufacturing plant.
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