Tony Brannon, a manager at BMW Manufacturing's facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, had an enormous inventory control responsibility on his hands. His department stocked more than 11,000 items that ranged from 500hp motors for the auto-assembly area to basic supplies like sandpaper and staples. Keeping up with the plant's demands for spare parts was no small task as his group could not cause downtime given that operations were being pushed due to excessive demand.
Application: 2,555 sq. ft prefabricated building for parts storage & distribution
Product: OmniFlex with Fire & Sound Panels
- Flexibility to move in future
- Secure, enclosed area with sound control
- Minimal disruption to plant during construction
In response to worldwide demand, the Spartanburg plant had increased production of its popular Z3 Roadster to an average output of 255 units a day and the facility was in a mode of near constant expansion. Given this, Brannon needed a prefabricated building that could be constructed very quickly and then expanded and moved easily within the plant in the near future.
Given the need for speed and flexibility, the use of prefabricated modular systems would be an ideal solution. BMW also determined they would need to reduce the noise from the adjacent manufacturing area, so PortaFab's OmniFlex wall system could provide these sound control needs. After consulting with PortaFab, BMW determined that the prefabricated building would need to serve as a distribution area for its employees to interact with customers, as well as a secured storage area for inventory and parts.
The new prefabricated office building offered several features and benefits to BMW, including:
- A completely enclosed and secure workspace for up to 12 employees.
- Interior lighting and sound control
- Strategically located windows to provide visibility into the plant
- A service window to keep interior traffic to a minimum
- Secured storage area for parts and inventory, featuring a lockable roll-down door
The installation was completed on time and within budget, and also offered the flexibility for future changes, much to the pleasure of BMW's warehouse manager.
"By taking advantage of the non-progressive features inherent in the PortaFab design, we can take the building apart piece by piece and reassemble it 500 feet across the plant floor without incurring additional costs for a contract installation crew. Plus, this can be accomplished over a weekend so we don't experience any production downtime in the plant."
— Tom Brannon, BMW Manufacturing