Lockheed Martin identified a significant amount of unused chemicals going directly to the hazardous waste stream without ever being used, when they expired on-shelf, or when they were no longer needed for research or production.
Lockheed Martin moved to a just-in-time chemical management system, with chemicals delivered three times a week in “right-sized” containers to meet real-time demand. At one site they achieved:
- chemical inventories were dramatically reduced, freeing capital tied up in inventory
- chemical inventory turns dramatically increased
- chemical utilization rates increased dramatically, virtually eliminating chemicals expiring on the shelf or being mixed in larger quantities than needed
- chemical warehouse was eliminated, reducing chemical storage space from 64,000 square feet to 1,200 square feet.