Implementing the lean manufacturing principles we’ve learned from OMEP has set a strong foundation as we continue on our growth trajectory.
OMEP partnered with the team to create a plan for the new layout that would allow Pan’s to reach their target capacity. Beginning with a tool called the value stream map (VSM), OMEP created several rounds of facility layout programming via 3D modeling, optimizing processes based on constraints of the building and new equipment. A certified enterprise integrator (CEI) was consulted for mass flow diagraming. As a result, the team learned that there was room for improvement in the temperature sensor part of production. At that time temperatures were taken by hand using candy thermometers and were not always reliable. The OMEP team implemented an Internet of Things (IOT) temperature sensor that automates measurements and reports data out at regular intervals to streamline this process.
OMEP also provided assistance in the other requested areas. To assist in equipment procurement, OMEP created financial modeling, including IRR and ROI calculations as well as a functional system specification list for the machines needed, as defined by the VSM. To continue the firm continuous improvement foundation, OMEP trained staff in lean fundamentals. Additionally, standard work was created for training as well as documentation of key processes, enabling new hires to be trained effectively and begin adding value quickly. As the team begins to work with contractors for their buildout, OMEP will continue to support by pulling plans and process items together, allowing Pan’s team to stay focused on growth and production.