How to meet resource optimization targets
The Mitsui Production Ways (Continuous Improvement) team at GECOM Corporation is tasked with optimizing efficiency across its Greensburg, Indiana production site.
In 2018 this team was given a human resource optimization target to hit. The challenge? How to achieve this goal without reducing the efficiency of GECOM’s operation.
Luckily, the team’s head, industrial engineer Steven Lockhart, was already aware of some key material handling processes that could be improved. Namely, the moving of empty tubs (boxes) and raw materials from the warehouse to the plant’s assembly lines, and the subsequent returning of full tubs of finished products.
“We had material handlers with pallet jacks walking around trying to figure out what they needed, when they needed it, but we never had a good time study to tell us if we had the right number of people or not,” says Lockhart. “So, we knew we had some good opportunities to optimize our processes.”
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