NIC Global

Manufacturing Solutions

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Long-standing Partner

For over 30 years NIC Global has worked with Philips (and its acquired company ATL) to deliver premium-class ultrasound carts. NIC Global has a fastidious focus on product details and an ever-evolving approach to manufacturing.

Pull Production System

NIC Global produces two different cart configurations for Philips—with hundreds of components produced locally or sourced from low-cost centers around the world. The required carts are built to order daily and transported to the nearby Philips’ production line.

In 2009 NIC Global worked with Philips to develop a Two-Bin Build and Delivery System for the production of the ultrasound cart components. Using a Kanban model, the approach produces each component on demand to the takt time of Philips’ production line.

Win-Win

Producing ultrasound carts and components only when necessary reduces inventory levels, lead time, and floor space. Pull production creates a smoother production flow, therefore increasing productivity. The returnable Kanban bins eliminate the use of disposable packaging—resulting in savings for Philips and less landfill for the earth.