With KMS's help, we were able to uncover the highest area of opportunity; uncover where the bottleneck has been occurring, take it apart, and then apply Lean based tools to solve the problem that resulted in both a 50% increase in production while decreasing our set up times by 50% as well.
With help from Kansas Manufacturing Solutions, part of the MEP National Network™, Kuhn Krause was able to locate the highest area of opportunity, uncover where the bottleneck had been occurring, take it apart, and then apply Lean based tools to solve the problem. The process of resolving the production challenge started with a Value Stream Map that documented the vertical machining areas of their production floor. Based on an analyzation of the Value Stream Map and resulting Kaizen events, Kuhn Krause was able to determine exactly where the material flow roadblock was occurring. To correct the production bottleneck issue, using the VSM and the discovery information, Kuhn Krause was able to add dedicated tooling to support production, organize swim lanes, and implement an expediter in the tooling area to reduce non-value added travel time on the shop floor for all involved.