Case Study 1-6
[p>Companies with multiple facilities can compound their savings by consolidating industrial engineering projects with IET.[/p> [p>BWAY Packaging invested less than $100,000 for IET to study five different facilities. The estimated return on investment per year: $1.4 million.[/p>
BWAY Packaging, a division of BWAY Corporation, is the leading manufacturer of rigid metal containers.
"Working with IET, we’ve been able to reduce headcount, improve material flow, and improve safety conditions. That success has led to additional partnering and we look forward to future projects."
BWAY was seeking to improve processes, reduce costs and eliminate product variation based on data and engineering redesign. Specific objectives included:
By observing delays on the one-gallon line for 104 continuous hours, we were able to improve preventative maintenance procedures, schedule manpower to minimize downtime and develop standard operating procedures and training.
After completing a continuous time study to evaluate the utilization of material handling personnel, we realigned work assignments and responsibilities to enhance utilization without negatively impacting workflow.
Results from a time study analysis provided the basis for solutions that combined operator activities to increase utilization on different lines.