05 October 2000
The computer tomography (CT) division of Siemens in Germany is planning to extend its pilot programme of web-based client cameras to the US.
Siemens's CT division, one of the world's leading catscan manufacturers, has completed a five-month pilot of cameras placed in clients' rooms in German hospitals where catscanners will be installed. The idea is to see when the room is ready for installation, Dr Frank Hasselberg, director for material logistics, told SM. "We can deliver only if the room is completely prepared," he said.
Installation is the final and vital link in the supply chain, he added. Delays in installation can be costly for Siemens which must often set up roadblocks in advance of installation dates and organise large hoists to move the scanners through windows several floors up.
The in-client camera idea came from Siemens successful vendor-managed inventory programme. The company, which produces around 1,000 catscans a year at its plant in Forchheim, Germany, introduced just-in-time production techniques two years ago.