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Visualizing Success with Lean

Visualizing Success with Lean

Part 2 in a 3 part series documenting the WireCrafters Lean Journey & how it has transformed our business.

Last week we introduced 3 of the key elements of Lean manufacturing (Kanban, Kaizen & JIT), and this week we wanted to highlight 4 Lean principles and how we apply them in our facility.

Nine years ago, Richard Horn came to WireCrafters from Akebono Brake, which is an independent comprehensive brake manufacturer based out of Tokyo, Japan. Rich was brought in to streamline our processes and to increase warehouse efficiencies. One of his biggest contributions has been implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles …

3 Things You Need To Know About Lean Manufacturing

3 Things You Need To Know About Lean Manufacturing

Part 1 in a 3 part series documenting the WireCrafters Lean Journey & how it has transformed our business.

Lean manufacturing is the continuous improvement on increasing workplace functionality and decreasing waste, including physical waste or otherwise, such as time and resources. What is now known as Lean began with Henry Ford’s flow production when he streamlined manufacturing the Model T in 1913.

Unfortunately, the Model T was not customizable, so Kiichiro Toyoda, Taiichi Ohno, and others at Toyota evaluated Ford’s assembly line in the1930s. They realized that a series of straightforward changes would enhance the flow …

Protecting Your People … And Your Wallet

Protecting Your People … And Your Wallet

Protecting your most important assets from costly injuries and damage should be a priority for warehouse and distribution facilities managers everywhere. But identifying those risks then finding the most suitable protection isn’t as easy as it sounds.

The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) can help. That MHI-sponsored group of fixed guarding manufacturers has created a Protective Guarding Checklist to help facility managers identify common hazards and solutions where guarding is needed.

If you’re attending MODEX 2016 join us Monday afternoon, April 5 for a virtual tour of warehouse hazards and solutions. ProGMA will present an …

WireCrafters® Receives Industry Award

WireCrafters® Receives Industry Award

December 15, 2015

Louisville, KY – WireCrafters has earned the prestigious MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for 2016. The MVS Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association). This newly initiated Award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees and their community.

To qualify for the MVS Award, WireCrafters® was required to meet a series of criteria in a number of areas important to the distributor companies who do business with them. In addition to confirming an on-going commitment to safety, MVS Award winners have demonstrated …

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