Kinkelder

Meilink employs successful social employment facility Delta

Like a spider in the web, Meilink coordinates all logistics for packaging the industrial circular saw blades made by Kinkelder. An important link in this process is the professional effort and major flexibility of the employees at the social employment facility Delta in Zutphen. For rush orders for example, they are able to quickly scale up without any loss of quality. Opting for Delta matches Meilink’s CSR policy. Kinkelder heartily supports that approach. Gerard van Rooijen, Manager of Purchasing at Kinkelder: “That choice brings added value and brilliance to the collaborative structure between Meilink, Delta and Kinkelder.”

Kinkelder: industrial circular saw blades
Like a spider in the web, Meilink coordinates all logistics for packaging the industrial circular saw blades made by Kinkelder. An important link in this process is the professional effort and major flexibility of the employees at the social employment facility Delta in Zutphen. For rush orders for example, they are able to quickly scale up without any loss of quality. Opting for Delta matches Meilink’s CSR policy. Kinkelder heartily supports that approach. Gerard van Rooijen, Manager of Purchasing at Kinkelder: “That choice brings added value and brilliance to the collaborative structure between Meilink, Delta and Kinkelder.”

Meilink Chain Solutions in practice

Meilink employed its Meilink Chain Solution Design for an optimal design specifically for packaging and transporting the extremely sharp saw blades. Gerard van Rooijen: “Kinkelder sees packaging as more than just a means of protecting the product during transport. The packaging is also our calling card. The packaging is in the development stage, and underwent a series of very severe tests based on the Meilink Chain Solution Design. We opted for the structure to provide the packaged product with maximum protection. In that design stage, Meilink directly consulted with the suppliers of various resources. All in all, this design stage was an exciting journey for all those involved, with a healthy challenge between our specifications and the technical possibilities, falling within a reasonable price scope of course. The oil-resistant inner liner is also of crucial importance in the rust protection of our product. Tests done on other oil-resistant liners showed much poorer results. An additional principle during the development stage was that handling at Kinkelder during the packaging process had to be reduced. Previously, the packaging was glued and sealed with tape by hand, making packaging a time-consuming and labour-intensive process. After the new packaging was introduced, handling was drastically reduced and the output of the packaging department substantially increased.”

We provide detailed feedback on all parties’ experiences with the packaging in the execution process. We apply those experiences within a permanent improvement process. Gerard van Rooijen: “We have now had a few continued developments in the first concept. We use the feedback from our clients and discuss that with Meilink, as a starting principle for the Chain Solution Optimisation.”

Meilink supplies semi-manufactured products, in the form of die-cut packaging, to the sheltered workshop Delta in Zutphen. Freek ter Heijden of Delta: “We assemble the saw blade boxes for Kinkelder. It’s a fully engineered packaging with an integrated buffer to fully buffer the sharp, heavy saw blades. Where possible, we try to be very flexible in the collaboration. Between 20 and 25 professional, motivated employees actively work on this at Delta every day. Every week, we send Meilink the stock list of semi-manufactured products and finished products in our warehouse. That way, Meilink can maintain an overview of all the stocks and actions taken in the process. “That means we can guarantee availability for Kinkelder,” Gerard van Rooijen says.