Lean Manufacturing Improvements Result in Productivity Gains
Industrial Heater Corporation (IHCO) designs and manufactures a wide variety of standard and custom heaters for industrial processing applications. An ISO-certified company known for their development and production of Band Heaters, IHCO has nearly 100 years of experience in the manufacturing industry with an exemplary international reputation.
A recognized leader in the process heating industry, the company is advancing its business with innovative design and quality products that build customer confidence and success.
IHCO has built its success by working with companies of all sizes and responding to customers’ needs by helping to keep their machines running smoothly and at optimum production levels.
Given the high cost of energy throughout the world, IHCO seeks to help their customers across many industries to control and reduce these costs in their operations. From Cartridge heaters to Autoclave Furnaces, IHCO products meet the needs for industrial processing.
Industrial Heater had worked diligently over the years to build a reputation for producing reliable, quality products backed by solid customer service and on-time deliveries.
Recently the company was experiencing longer lead times and delayed shipping. In addition, they were beginning to see a decline in information flow, excessive travel within office processes, and a lack of clear visibility to production requirements. All of which were increasing costs and inefficiencies.
As a result of these new developments, IHCO became interested in improving the productivity of their Mica and Sheet Metal (Hi-Tech) order fulfillment processes. Company leadership was well aware of the benefits of Lean manufacturing tools and techniques having previously participated in CONNSTEP’s Continuous Improvement Champion Certification program.
IHCO was seeking to use their knowledge of the value of Lean continuous improvement to achieve productively gains in their order fulfillment processes and contacted CONNSTEP for assistance in reaching their goals.
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