The machines were gravity fed, but the
operators would wander off to other work areas and the process
would stop when no material was loaded. Working with the team,
it was determined that much could be done to improve the role,
make it much safer and significantly increase productivity.
This company installed the machine as part of major capitol purchase
two years ago.
A cell approach was implemented, bringing
the machines together to reduce travelling, material handling
was simplified, machines were cleaned, painted and sealed to prevent
coolant leaks and the tools required for each machine were located
on hand on shadow boards. It became an area people wanted to work
Output was improved from under ½
a ton to an average of a 1½tons per week equating to an
additional £200K profit per annum - just by being there.
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An additional £200K profit per annum
for the company