Harol introduces QRM-strategy

Harol is the first Belgian company to apply the QRM strategy. This family business specialises in roller blinds, awnings and gates. Their production is seasonal, with peak times during the spring and summer months, Apart from that, all products are made to the specific needs of the customer. That makes it quasi-impossible to keep finished components or products in stock. That high variability and complexity resulted in long throughput times during production. In the past, the production could be optimised thanks to a lean manufacturing project. The complexity and variable throughput times, though, were still a problem, not least because of the increased demand for customizing in colour and finishing.

Supported by Sirris, Harol started implementing the QRM strategy in 2010. Together we developed an innovative, autonomous production control system called 'POLWIP', which allows orders to be guided quickly through the production process. This visual system based on colour coding coordinates the return streams of empty transport carts so they no longer get lost, and it makes sure that every workplace has enough carts available.
After that project, Harol started applying QRM in the product group of ‘folding-arm awnings’ and is now rolling it out to other product groups.

Thanks to QRM, throughput times have been halved and can be predicted precisely. Apart from that, stock management has been positively impacted given that there are now fewer units in production at the same time.
Rajan Suri, the thinker behind QRM, was especially happy during a visit to the company with the advances booked by Harol.

Read more on the implementation of QRM at Harol in this article (in Dutch or French), published in Industry, Technology & Management.

A second article "Harol verwelkomt QRM op de productievloer" has been published in "Value Chain Management".

More information on Harol on their website