Continuous Improvement Training Facilitates Flow Line Adjustments for Higher Volume Builds
Bell Power Systems (BPS) was founded in 1967 as Bell Detroit Diesel and in 2012 became part of the Superior Diesel family of companies. They specialize in providing value-added diesel engine packages, service parts, and drivetrain components to original equipment manufacturers and dealers for off highway equipment applications for a territory covering the eastern United States.
The company maintains an inventory of 700 to 900 engines ranging from 4 to 600 horsepower at their 60,000 square foot manufacturing and warehousing facility in Essex, Connecticut. BPS serves industries that include pumps, aircraft ground support, agriculture, marine propulsion, railroads, oil and gas.
Executive management at Bell Power Systems had previous exposure to lean manufacturing and wanted to expand the continuous improvement (CI) focus at their facility. BPS had recently promoted shop floor employee Bob Green to Production Supervisor to advance their lean operations.
To take advantage of Green’s previous shop floor experience and leverage continuous improvement practices, BPS sought out lean training opportunities for Green with the intent of improving both production line efficiencies and lead times. BPS reached out to CONNSTEP who recommended its Continuous Improvement Champion Certification (CICC) training program for Green to attend.
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This course provides comprehensive exposure to the principles and practices needed to develop and sustain a Lean Enterprise. You will receive immediate reinforcement of the classroom learning by applying your training to a real-life project within your organization.
“The enterprise-wide lean transformation facilitated by CONNSTEP helped give us the continuous improvement head start we needed."