2016 Innovation in Resource Efficiency Winner
Address: 891 S. Rockefeller Ave. Ontario, CA. 91761
Challenge internally and by the customer to continue to reduce pricing from year to year. Evaluated our operation and took the decision to perform a Kaizen Blitz in the receiving operation by eliminating non-value add activities in this operation. Change the receiving product process by removing unnecessary inventory and receiving product as it arrives. Combing processes/ operations by using new image scanning technology to combine box opening and data entry into one operation. Last using the employee’s creativity, automating container & batch creation and segregating product types for containerization. Receiving operation was broken down into three main steps to further evaluate opportunities.
Define and measure the problem
Receiving Area is one of the most ‘congested’ areas speaking of people working there, space to accommodate units and units received daily. In order to do so, we divide Receiving Operation in 3 main areas: Unpacking Inbound, Data Entry and Palletizing. Below are the objectives for each one.
- Unpacking Inbound: This processes step receives the units physically from the incoming truck, stages the product in a gravity rack and then unloads to be received in the system by the next operation. Define the most efficient way to transport and process inbound pallets, units and recovery kits from the receiving dock to the Gravity Rack and then to the Box Opening area, following FIFO.
- Data Entry: Receives the units into our Shop Floor System (Viper). Define the most efficient way to enter product data into the Viper shop floor system. This will include product information from the box, units inside the box, access cards and information about the condition of these items based on initial inspection. Also – define the most efficient way to transfer empty boxes to the baler conveyor and access cards into a container sorted by type of card. Also including how to handle non-readable and scrap units.
- Containerizing: Includes accommodate the units in pallets according to certain criteria. Define the most efficient way to palletize and transport units that have been received in the viper system to the Wrapping Machine, so that labor costs are reduced by 30%.
Analyze the data
We created 3 teams, one for each area (Unpacking Inbound, Data Entry, Palletizing). Each team went to the floor for a Gemba walk to see how the product was processed and review 7 Mudas in the operation.
Team reviewed the following:
- Kaizen A4
- Process Flow
- Monthly Trends (Receiving Data)
- Customer Requirements
- Layout (Floor Space/Location, etc)
- Attached are the Process Flow Diagrams for each area and the general SIPOC used to analyze the process.
Identify Root Cause(s) / Opportunities
- Product receipt was only performed in the morning and will build a staging area (inventory) that would take up 3000 SQ FT.
- Pallets were double handled, forklift operator would load gravity rack and would have to unload once receiving operation came in.
- Transportation of Pallets from Staging area to the Line conveyor.
- Double handling, operator in data entry is touching the product for the second time after unpacking operator.
- Scanning and capturing necessary / required information in Viper. Shop floor system, time in and out was time consuming to process as the unit in a regular Viper Screen would require to scan 5 bar codes and select each field individually, select a result, select a container and click “Save” button.
- Pallets are not close enough and the location of the models was not the most efficient based on high runners.
These were the actions taken:
- Gravity Rack removal and Management for inbound delivery with FedEx to keep the inventory out of the site until is needed.
- JIT solution with FEDEX in receiving inbound material during work hour’s eliminating waste of building inventory.
- Conveyors were relocated near to the docks and reconfigure due the data entry is now processed as part of the Box opening, reducing transportation of product.
- Elimination of pallet transportation from the gravity rack to the Box Opening operation.
- Combined Box Opening and Data Entry operations with new image scanners (Cognex cameras) were installed and Viper application was redesigned in order to eliminate manual scanning and operator interaction with the screen.
- Improved Cycle time from 2.6 sec/unit to 1.9 sec/Unit
- Release of 3,751 sqft.
- Reduction of 12 DL (Due to this improvement additional business was awarded and the people were re-allocated a new area so no one lost there position).
Company: the Safariland Group
Award Applied for: Innovation in Resource Efficiency
With rising energy costs and an air conditioned production facility, we were challenged to control energy costs with increased production and keep associates in a safe and comfortable environment during the months from June to September. By participating in local programs made available by our electric company, The Safariland Group was able to minimize costs during these challenging times.
Energy conservation: During the 2013 year, The Safariland Group elected to participate in two programs offered by Southern California Edison; The Summer Advantage Program (SAI) and the Time of Use Base Interruptible program (TOU-BIP). As part of the SAI program, the site was called upon to reduce plant energy usage for 12 specific days when demand for energy was significantly increased due to hot weather. During these 4-hour events (2 -6 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays), from June to September, we were able to gain credits and savings by voluntarily reducing energy consumption through practices such as; adjusting shift hours for high energy use equipment (ovens, presses) , turning off all non-essential indoor/outdoor lighting and signage and office equipment not in use, safely raising cooling thermostat settings, reducing or rescheduling production during events, unplugging battery chargers and using only pre-charged equipment during peak hours and charging battery-operated equipment prior to peak hours.
The Safariland Group Ontario associates were made aware of these events 24 hours in advance and trained the entire site to maintain conservation efforts, even during normal operations. The site was successful in implementing operational changes, reducing consumption and capturing $12,000 savings.
By participating in the Time-of-Use Base Interruptible Program (Schedule TOU-BIP), The Safariland Group was able to reduce energy use during So Cal Edison system reliability events. During these times, we were supplied with a monitor and dedicated a phone line to enable So Cal Edison to notify us when an event was to occur and a service interruption was coming. Events were limited to one per day, 10 per calendar month, up to six hours each for a maximum of 180 hours a calendar year. For our participation, The Safariland Group was rewarded with $2,952 in bill credits.
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