Look for opportunities to repurpose equipment and resources that are not being used to their fullest potential.
As their business grew in 2018, the Detroit division was facing a capacity issue. More jobs were coming in that required a two-out die, and there were only two presses that could handle them. Recognizing the need for a third two-out press, Program Manager Dan Dewey and his team (Asan Delipi, Roy Spearman and Bill Fur) found a solution.
The team decided to convert a press that was sitting idle to a two-out press to keep up with customer demands. It wasn’t easy. The press was in a tight area, had a smaller bed and had never run a two-out die. But with persistence and some creative problem-solving, Dan, Asan, Roy and Bill figured out how to use longer risers to position the two-out die properly in the smaller press bed. Then they made chutes to allow the offal to exit in the center of the bolster and positioned a conveyor inside the press to remove the finished blank to the stacker. The newly converted press enables the facility to run an additional 14 two-out dies, freeing up capacity on the other presses and reducing overtime.
Lesson Learned: Look for opportunities to repurpose equipment and resources that are not being used to their fullest potential.
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