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Value Stream Mapping for Material Handling Essential According to CEO of Alfacon Solutions
Value Stream Mapping for Material Handling Essential According to John Murdoch CEO of Alfacon Solutions, 8/01/2017 - According to John Murdoch, CEO of Alfacon Solutions, “Material flow is essentially mapping the journey that materials take from the time the material is received at the manufacturing site to the point when customers actually receive the finished product. The material flow must be recorded at various stages throughout its journey. The creation of value stream map (VSM) identifies waste and identifies bottlenecks. Far more than simple conveyors, many engineer-to-order solutions combine best-practice, lean manufacturing technologies allowing manufacturers to view the amount of stocks, materials, and components that are stored at any particular time. Excess storage of components and raw materials require lighting, security, and additional resources which do not add value to the process.”

Alfacon Solutions

Founded in 1983, Alfacon Solutions ( is a leading case and pallet conveyor handling systems company operating from an 80,000 square foot facility in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. Based in lean manufacturing principles, including best-practice value stream mapping and continuous improvement, the Alfacon team designs, engineers, manufactures, and installs complete material handling solutions.

Murdoch is proud of the company’s hands-on approach when analyzing clients’ challenges and developing solutions based on experience and innovation. The combination of standard and custom engineered components enables Alfacon to create unique material handling solutions tailored to each client; this engineered-to-order (ETO) differentiator distinguishes the company as one of the leading material handling manufacturers in North America. Alfacon provides services to its customer base in the courier, retail, manufacturing, and industrial sectors. The company is a proud member of MHI.

The core values of Alfacon Solutions ensure a customer-centric approach to every project and drives the entire team to consistently deliver exceptional results. From experience, passion, and integrity to commitment, innovation, and on-time delivery dependability, Alfacon Solutions anticipates double digit growth year over year for the next decade. Follow on Twitter @AlfaconSolution.

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