Lean Leads to Significant Production Efficiency Increase
Prime Line® has been a leading supplier in the promotional product industry since 1980, offering more than 1,600 items in 15 product categories. Its products are sold primarily in North America through a network of distributors.
The company markets promotional items such as bags, drinkware, writing instruments, apparel, stationery, gift sets, novelties, and more. In 2017, the company merged with alphabroder, the largest supplier of imprintable apparel in North America.
Prime’s business was surging and it was necessary for the company to improve the productivity of its pad printing department. Printing is a key form of revenue for the company and they wanted to grow without having to buy new machines or needing to hire more people.
Their goal was to increase efficiency by a minimum of 10%. Prime Line® turned to CONNSTEP, who they had worked with in the past, for training in Lean manufacturing tools and techniques to help reach their goal.
Implementing appropriate continuous improvement tools can help establish a Lean culture throughout an entire organization and deliver transformative results.
Waste is plentiful in the manufacturing world, although much of it goes unnoticed, or at least unaddressed. If you’re thinking of waste purely in a physical capacity, you’re catching only a small glimpse of the bigger picture.
The leadership at Alden Tool recognized their operations were in need of some process improvements. They were aware the organization needed to become more efficient company-wide starting with order-entry.