Connecticut Spring & Stamping to Present on Self-Directed Work Teams at 2012 Northeast Shingo Prize Conference
Published: Jul 06, 2012
Gaston Pelletier, vice president of continuous improvement, and Greg Mitera, continuous improvement engineer, will give the presentation, which focuses on CSS’s successful use of self-directed work teams (SDWTs) to achieve ambitious 100 percent on-time delivery and quality objectives. It will take place on September 25th from 1:50-2:40 PM in meeting room AB.
CSS used a variety of tools to get them to their objectives establishing an achievable, yet challenging reward system, and instituting a new way of visualizing work that synchronizes front end scheduling with actual shop floor execution. “With the help of our committed management team, our zealous SDWT champions, dedicated team leaders, and most importantly, participation of everyone on the shop floor, CSS, is well on its way to meeting its ambitious goals, just two years after launching SWDT initiative,” said Steve Dicke, vice president of sales and marketing at CSS. “Key to the success is that management gives the SDWTs the necessary authority and provides the resources to do what it takes to improve the process and delivery performance – and then steps aside to let the teams do the work.”
The SDWTs have implemented hundreds of process and quality improvements, printing the job start date more visibly on work orders, setting up break areas closer to the line, establishing a permanent cell for quick die jobs, giving the team leader control of overtime, tracking the time parts should stay in the department, moving some equipment closer together, and working on ways to get material to the shop floor faster. They also developed a focus on quality that promptly caught internal rejections in the department rather than further down the manufacturing cycle.
About Connecticut Spring & Stamping
Headquartered in Farmington, CT, Connecticut Spring & Stamping (CSS) is a manufacturer of all varieties of close tolerance precision parts for the medical, electronics, aerospace, firearms and defense industries worldwide. They provide springs, metal stampings, machined stampings & sub-assemblies for OEM’s worldwide. In business since 1939, CSS prides itself in design and engineering involvement that starts with product development, and moves through prototyping, manufacturing, and assembly to warehousing and point of use. Headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, CSS has warehousing facilities in Puerto Rico, Mexico, China, and Singapore that allow our customers to build products with just in time (JIT) inventory.
For further information, please visit www.ctspring.com or call 860. 677.1341