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Futura Industries applied lean manufacturing principles to its anodizing plant

Tuesday, October 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
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An expanded case study on lean manufacturing and the benefits achieved through the application of specific lean tools and concepts in an anodizing and manufacturing environment has been published. Jared Bringhurst, president of Futura Industries, a division of Bonnell Aluminum, shared Futura's successes at a recent Aluminum Anodizing Conference and writes about it in Products Finishing Magazine.

In most cases, an organization does not have to look too far or too deep to identify streams of waste: excess motion of employees or equipment; defective material; employees or equipment waiting; excess inventory; over-production; over-processing; and transportation of material from one location to another.

Often, the people who have worked for years in environments with these forms of waste have become accustomed to seeing or recognizing that there is an opportunity to work more efficiently. An example could be something as simple as a garbage can placed 15 feet from where an operator performs the bulk of his tasks on a machine. These scenarios exist in almost every organization. The question is, how do we eliminate them? More...