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Supply Chain

Supply chain

Management of incoming and outgoing flows from our workshops.

The supply chain corresponds to the management of the incoming and outgoing streams from our workshops.
This division is split into three parts: precious metal supply/scheduling and shipping.
This entity is supervised by our manager, whose mission is to organise, plan and monitor production in order to achieve predefined objectives. A large part of their work is also dedicated to supporting the teams and continuously improving the monitoring of production processes.

Supply

This is the trigger for production. Depending on the orders, we need to supply our workshops with raw materials. We buy from trusted partners with whom we determine the type of metal, the quantity required and the delivery date.

Scheduling tasks

This is a process by which priorities are given to different tasks. After creating production orders (POs), our agents have the role of organising them based on a precise timetable. They must prioritise and position a large number of production orders according to manufacturing deadlines depending on orders and workshop requirements.

Shipment of goods

This is a process that consists of organising and monitoring the transport of goods from our workshops to the destination determined by our clients. Our shipping agents are responsible for preparing the packages according to the orders and packaging them according to their method of transport and their specificities.

ERP

Enterprise Resource Planning

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a computerised production and logistics management tool essential to the smooth running of our operations. In short, this software package allows us to supervise all the operational processes of our workshops while incorporating several managerial functions.
After many years of studying and testing its effectiveness, our team is now able to transpose each of our actions into the computer system.

Traceability and transparency

Making information accessible

At Ateliers Pichard-Balme we want to use electronic data processing for each of our actions in order to ensure traceability and transparency. We have good knowledge of our flows. This allows us to improve interactions between the various workshops and to promote team coordination. For example, when a new employee arrives at our workshops, they have access to our database. They can therefore quickly analyse each of the operations in progress. The advantage of access to the ERP is that it clarifies the current situation in the workshops in order to facilitate relevant decision-making.