Process Improvements Lead to Productivity Gains
Zendex Tool is a family-owned and operated manufacturer in Danbury, Connecticut launched in 1984 by its founder and president Al Coccaro. Needing a way to quickly and efficiently move disabled cars into his auto body shop and paint booth, Mr. Coccaro created his original invention, the GoJak® Self-Loading Wheel Dolly.
Five additional product lines were subsequently developed for the company. Zendex Tools prides itself on designing and manufacturing the most durable and functional products on the market using as many materials and components sourced domestically as possible.
Zendex carefully sustains the quality and extremely tight tolerances of each and every product built by their highly skilled workforce. However, they were faced with increasing disruption to workflow productivity and inventory inconsistencies impacting operational and financial performance.
The company was looking to improve their processes and material flow on the shop floor to address their production and inventory issues. The leadership of Zendex Tool decided to engage the services of CONNSTEP, Connecticut’s MEP center, who would introduce the benefits of adopting Lean manufacturing principles and processes.
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.
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."