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.
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.
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.