Cell Development Leads to Dramatic Increase in Production
Accu-Time Systems (ATS) offers secure and reliable hardware products, software tools and value added services that deliver employee time and attendance data to customer’s back-end systems. Their solutions cover a wide range of employee time and attendance applications.
Their state-of-the-art, rugged and reliable time and attendance terminals are fully integrated and customized to the customers’ environment. ATS is different from the competition in that they give their customers everything they need to achieve their business goals from hardware to software to technical support in configurable and affordable terminals.
When ATS’s PeoplePoint product line of terminals was in its infancy, costs for parts and labor were higher than expected. The flow and build process was not efficient, taking up to an hour to build one unit. Some of this inefficiency was due to its design which would ultimately be adjusted to make it simpler to build.
ATS wanted to ensure processes and workflow were at optimal, peak performance in order to meet the changing needs of customers, with exceptional quality standards. The company leadership recognized improving flow was key to success and supported the introduction of Lean to key team members to make process improvement possible.
In addition to looking for ways to increase capacity, their specific goals were to: improve on-time delivery; increase quality and customer satisfaction; reduce overall lead time; and lower production costs.
As part of Emery Winslow’s planned consolidation, they were looking to evaluate a viable “mixed model” production flow line capable of high and low volumes for their scales and load cell products and generate additional output.
Often basic housekeeping is overlooked in favor of “productivity.” This is a common practice but one that costs you over the long run. Putting a basic 5S program in place is inexpensive and yields a great return on your (small) investment.
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