Oasis water was established 7 years ago, in the last three years the company grew so much that they now have more than 100 outlets nationwide. Each outlet provides customers with bottled filtrated water of sizes from 300ml up to 20l. They also provide customers with the facility to refill their bottles at a bargain rate of 80c/l. Some of the outlets sell fruit juices and carbonated water as an addition.
The rapid growth of Oasis Water in the last three years is due to the need for a reliable clean and healthy water source. The company has no set standards for ergonomics, health and safety, types of facilities layouts and materials handling equipment. The productivity of the bottle filling process is very low, because they make use of manual valves to fill bottles. Consequently lots of water is wasted when filling the bottles.
With this project the aim is to develop methods and solutions which will not only help with setting standards for different areas within the outlets as mentioned above, but also to improve productivity and minimize cost and wastage.
With the implementation of suggested material handling equipment, facility layouts and automated machines the management of Oasis Water will improve their productivity, flow of materials and utilization of space.
To finish the project successfully within the given deadlines a few tasks and milestones were set to be reached in time.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2010.