IET, Inc.
3539 Glendale Ave
Toledo, Ohio 43614

Case Study 7-00860

Flowing dollars to the bottom line.

By changing the manufacturing process from batch to continuous flow, IET dramatically improved the customer’s responsiveness and business profitability.

The Customer

Sampco is a leading designer and manufacturer of samples and displays for the building construction materials industry.

The Challenge

One of the customer’s facilities produced display boards for the roofing sector. It employed batch processing methods, which resulted in large amounts of WIP between operations and shingle pallets stacked on the floor wherever space allowed. The clutter of so many shingle pallets throughout the facility wasted time as operators searched for and “dug out” the pallet they needed. Business was booming. The facility had to increase productivity 50% without adding floor space to meet customer demands.

The Solution

IET embarked on a process redesign project to remedy the situation. IET’s engineer time studied individual operations and then used the data to design a continuous flow assembly line on which labor was balanced and productive. Display board WIP was eliminated thereby freeing valuable floor space for adding more production capacity. The introduction of pallet racking allowed the plant to organize its shingle stock for one-touch retrieval. By changing from batch processing to continuous flow processing, throughput time dropped from days to hours and capacity increased 25%, all without adding floor space or additional equipment.

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