Case Study 2-11899
Revising standards for an incentive pay system paved the way for significant headcount savings
A global leader in designing and manufacturing premier equipment solutions for farmers, ranchers, landowners and builders
On short notice, IET provided at team of four manufacturing-savvy industrial engineers who understood how to build standards using pre-determined time study tools. After a condensed two-day training session that acquainted the engineers with the client’s proprietary system, the IET team went to work. Time did not allow the luxury of viewing every part being produced prior to developing the standard. In most cases, engineers just utilized existing process descriptions, part drawings and their own expertise to describe the proposed processes and methods using the sophisticated, pre-determined time study tool. The team tracked its progress daily. Within the first two weeks, IET’s engineers had “come up the learning curve” and were steadily completing their assigned work. Working as a team, they were able to share insights with one another and pull each other along. Their demonstrated efficiency and quality of work proved to the client early in the project that it would be accomplished as required.
Approximately 900 manual and robot weld standards were revised during the four-month engagement. On average, standards were tightened by 40%. This result has a major effect on overall headcount for the operation given the incentive pay system that is in place.