Dan Dewey, Asan Delipi, Roy Spearman and Bill Fur (Detroit, Michigan)

Detroit Fe Award Winners

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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