Case Study 1-2
IET designed and led two 5-day Kaizen blitzes as part of Automation Actuator Division’s journey towards lean manufacturing
An automation supplier who designs and builds cylinders and actuators used in computer controlled manufacturing and assembly equipment.
Reduced floor space dedicated to assembly cells by 33 % and improved labor productivity 20 % through layout improvements and visual contents. Eliminated WIP and reduced component levels at the cells.
Used SMED techniques to reduce set-up time by 10 % and identified future actions that could result in an additional 40 % reduction. Identified external versus internal activities and moved work elements to reduce setup times.
Implemented data collection procedures necessary to maintain overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Real time data such as downtime, cycle times and scrap were collected by the team and action plans developed to improve OEE.