This is a good program. It was a pleasure working with CIFT and the Ohio MEP. Vanamatic greatly appreciates the assistance that the MEP provides to small business owners around continuous improvement and strategic growth opportunities. Vanamatic has a long history and culture of continuous improvement stretching back to 1954. I'm happy to report that since this project and others were implemented, Vanamatic has not only maintained our competitive pricing for these product lines; but we have dramatically expanded sales, hired more employees, and have instituted substantial wage increases over the last several years. Our employees get paid more to work less strenuous jobs with greater output! Win-win.
After assessing the situation, CIFT, part of the Ohio MEP and the MEP National Network™, brought in Superior Equipment Solutions (SES), a full-service engineering company that supports machine builds, both new and used. SES proposed and implemented a new setup that would bring the process at the facility from complete manual operation to fully-automated part loading. This step would free up the current operator to work on other tasks within the facility.
SES retrofitted and automated the part loading of two machines, resulting in full part loading automation. The quality, rate, and ergonomic improvements of the operation was substantial for the output of the machines. The project eliminated potential quality concerns, reduced cycle time, improved efficiency, enhanced employee retention and reduced risk. The resulting elimination of labor associated with the process enabled the company to use that manpower elsewhere to shave costs and expand sales with existing customers. The range in labor savings was 40%-50%.