On 28 November 2013, Associate Professor Tan Yan Weng, Head of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (BLSCM) programme in the School of Business, led a group of students, staff and associates to Yokogawa Electric Asia's highly-automated complex.
Yokogawa Electric Asia has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable suppliers of process control instrumentation for industries such as oil and gas, refining and petrochemicals, pulp and paper, food, pharmaceuticals, water/waste-water treatment, power and desalination. Recently, it expanded into the aerospace industry and now produces sophisticated high-definition flat-panel colour liquid crystal displays that are used in the cockpits of the latest Airbus series.
General Manager Mr Clement Yeo shared about the company's strategic thrusts and how it had inculcated quality consciousness and improvement activities on product development and production. During a tour of the plant, the participants witnessed its flexible and modular production lines, how visual management is done using the Kanban scheduling system and how kit sets were supplied to the production line via automated guided vehicles.
Ms Liu Huiting, a supply chain planner and final-year BLSCM student, recounted: "I was truly impressed by Yokogawa's strategies to manage such a high-mix, low-volume production portfolio; especially the Kanban system which reduces inventory and eliminates stock-outs, and allows the company's operation staff to detect failures and rectify them quickly."
Mr Clement Yeo guiding the participants on a plant tour to give them a first-hand view of effective logistics
and supply chain management practices.