MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Trucking Equipment Parts Manufacturer Partners with IMEC to Adopt and Implement Lean Manufacturing Principles into Their Processes

IMEC | August 19, 2022 | Read time : 02:32 min

Trucking Equipment News
Bonnell Industries has been a family owned, industry leader in the truck equipment industry in Northern Illinois for decades but struggled to embrace the concept of Lean Manufacturing. The team mostly operated under "we do it this way because it's what we know". It wasn't until William Hintzsche joined the team in November 2021 as the new COO, that things began to change. Noticing excess inventory and multiple non-value steps in processes, he realized it was time to attack the waste. Hintzsche knew it was in the company's best interest to reinforce lean principles and integrate it as part of the culture.

He has worked with IMEC on many lean projects with former employers, and knows the breadth of lean expertise at IMEC, the conversation began about Bonnell undergoing a lean transformation. Hintzsche wanted the Bonnell team to understand how lean principles can improve processes, drive efficiency, and eliminate waste, which will help them deliver quality products and services and save money.

Solution
The process began with a full day learn and do workshop that combines classroom style instruction with a hands-on Simulation of production facility. In preparation for the simulations, both Bonnell and IMEC collaborated to incorporate safety protocols to ensure the health and safety for those in attendance. IMEC technical experts introduced the basic concepts of Lean Manufacturing to the team, demonstrating tools and techniques and how to effectively implement them in their operations and processes. The simulation portion involved participants applying the principles learned to their individual workspace and across the product line at the mock manufacturing plant created for this training. This technique utilized three shifts which illustrated the cause-and-effect relationships for the key lean principles discussed, while offering opportunities to make real-world decisions when making changes with workforce, budgets, etc.

As with most change, resistance is natural. The team at Bonnell initially gave push back on the idea of a trainings to undergo a lean transformation. As they learned the basic concepts and participated in the simulation, they were able to see first-hand the benefits of embracing lean and how they could transfer what they were learning to their roles at Bonnell, streamlining their processes, and improving productivity and efficiency.

About IMEC:
IMEC is a team of improvement specialists and technicians dedicated to providing organizations in Illinois with the tools and techniques to create sustainable competitive futures. The experienced hands-on team at IMEC works closely with its clients to plan critical business improvements in the areas of Leadership, Strategy, Customer Engagement, Operations, and Workforce. IMEC, Illinois affiliate of the U.S Commerce NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network, has demonstrated a return on investment that exceeds 19:1. This is made possible as organizations become more effective and efficient - and together with IMEC - excel toward enterprise excellence.

Spotlight

As the world of traditional manufacturing fuses with information technology, organizations are tapping into a level of technical orchestration never attainable before. Symphonies of systems facilitate real-time interactions of people, machines, assets, systems, and things. This is the Smart Factory; the factory ecosystem of the future. It is an application of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) built with sets of hardware and software that collectively enable processes to govern themselves through machine learning and cognitive computing.

Spotlight

As the world of traditional manufacturing fuses with information technology, organizations are tapping into a level of technical orchestration never attainable before. Symphonies of systems facilitate real-time interactions of people, machines, assets, systems, and things. This is the Smart Factory; the factory ecosystem of the future. It is an application of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) built with sets of hardware and software that collectively enable processes to govern themselves through machine learning and cognitive computing.

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