I thought we would need about an
hour, which quickly turned into several
hours. But it was so productive, that I
didn’t want to stop. We stayed in the
sandbox simulating until we had an
improved system, at least in theory,
and finished by documenting all the
new rules we were going to follow.
Nevertheless, the proof is in the pudding, so we all went back to our work
stations then fired up the routers.
What followed was nothing short of
Router utilization went up 25 percent. Work in process was reduced by
75 percent. The production staff went
from being crazy busy all day to having lots of time to ensure quality, do
cleaning and even some maintenance.
To some, the most exciting number
would be the 30 percent reduction in
Although I do really like that result, my
favorite part was everyone’s job got easier.
Like many lean principles, the
counterintuitive nature is what steers
many people away from trying. In the
very peak of summer production, our
deadlines were approaching fast and
my whole team was feeling the pres-
sure. We intentionally took our foot off
the gas, slowed down, and the result
was a significant increase in speed.
If you are running your plant flat out
and have an idea, but there is no way you
have time to try it? That might be the
very indicator you need to give it a whirl.
And if you’re a little nervous to try it
on your own, just give us a call; we are
always happy to help! ✚
DMC SYSTEM T
IDEAL SANDING SOLUTION
FOR VENEER APPLICATION
The extractable internal crossbelt units can
be easily removed for tool changing, panel
cleaning and routine maintenance. The DMC
System T can remove paper and glue residue
before the sanding process with the ability
to sand with a short grain application.
took our foot off the
gas, slowed down,
and the result was a
significant increase in