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Continuous Improvement

In today’s competitive market, Timberline understands the need to continuously improve processes. Our continuous improvement program, which includes Lean and 5S initiatives, has proven to be very successful, and has resulted in positive impacts on our clients’ — and our own — products and processes. Examples include:

Saving Time on Wire Handling

Problem
Timberline’s wire cutting team members spent 3-4 minutes every time they changed out wire because they had to retrieve the wire.

Solution
To save time on wire changes, Timberline designed a rack system that holds 60 barrels of wire underneath it. The wire is strung up where team members can easily acquire the wire they need.

Results
Team members now load new wires in 30-60 seconds, depending on the wire. The rack system also makes ordering barrel wire less time consuming because ordering barcodes are on the rack by each barrel.

Consolidating a Client’s Inventory & Build

Problem
A customer had 30 variations for the same machine, based on options and destination country. Some of the components were engineered over time using different component manufacturers to perform the same function. With so many options and manufacturers, the client had difficulty keeping track of scheduling.

Solution
Timberline worked with the customer to consolidate component manufacturers. In order to create a more flexible build, our team also developed assemblies that can be added to a common base unit. This enabled the client to accommodate pulling base build with last-minute options.

Results
By consolidating component manufacturers and decreasing inventory, the customer saved $100,000 per year. The customer was also able to increase throughput from five machines to nine machines per week with more flexible inventory.

 

 
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