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Collaborative Success Stories: Smooth Operator

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When leaders at Bayer CropScience wanted to operate their company more efficiently, they turned to University of Missouri researchers.

Bayer, a research and development company searching for sustainable crop solutions, had acquired a pre-existing materials facility. The company had added additional buildings on site, as well as renting off-site storage.  Because the facility wasn’t planned with logistics in mind, there wasn’t an efficient pattern for how materials were stored and transported.

To solve the problem, engineers at MU, with funding from the National Science Foundation, executed a yearlong project at the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi). CELDi conducts applied research, resulting in innovative logistics and distribution solutions.

“The Bayer facility is a huge site with only one entrance,” said Dr. Jim Noble, a professor of industrial engineering who worked on the project. “From a logistics, materials handling point of view, they had a lot of inefficiencies.” Noble and his colleagues analyzed on-site space, transport, labor costs and other data before creating a new, more efficient material flow plan for Bayer.

Over four years, the projected savings from CELDi’s recommendations total nearly $3 million. For a crop development company like Bayer, that’s really something to grow on.

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Food for the Future