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“The key to successful lean manufacturing implementation is strong management support,” said Ben Bullis, Lean facilitator for Moyno’s Springfield plant. “It’s important to identify goals up front and then properly implement the required changes to address the root causes of identified issues that are impacting efficiency. Once issues are resolved, management conducts regular audits to ensure sustainability.”
In the chrome-plating area, the 5S team reorganized and added color-coded hangers and information signage to optimize communication. Equipment was moved closer to the work area to eliminate wasted time in transporting components. The team also eliminated unneeded equipment to free up space for future growth. To ensure sustainability, regular 5S audits are conducted.
5S was also used to organize the office area to achieve increased productivity. An employee suggestion program was implemented throughout the facility.
“We’ve had excellent buy-in from employees, and everyone understands the importance of sustainability,” Bullis said. “We have been able to reduce time, waste and cost, which makes us much more competitive in the global marketplace.”
About the CompanyMoyno Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of Moyno progressing cavity pumps, multiphase fluid-transfer systems, grinders, and controls. It has an extensive worldwide stocking distribution network that serves a range of industries, including chemical, water and wastewater treatment, pulp and paper, food, pharmaceutical, mining, petrochemical, and oil and gas recovery. Moyno Inc. is a unit of Robbins & Myers Inc.
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