Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Lean Competition

This seems to be a fun way to get team members into quick turn-around of orders. I am thinking of ways to incorporate this into our training and celebrations to get us focused on finding ways to reduce assembly times. MLF

From QSRMagazine.com:
Restaurant News
Subway Sandwich Makers Race to Be the Best
September 29, 2009

The third time was a charm for Neenah, Wisconsin, sandwich artist Bryon Shea, who won the 2009 Subway Sub Jammers competition in Washington, D.C., by making a "perfect" footlong submarine sandwich in 42.1 seconds.

Bryon, who came in second place during 2007 and 2008 Sub Jammer competitions, beat a field of almost 100 fellow sandwich artists from throughout the world at the recent 2009 Subway Convention. Sub Jammers are judged based on speed, sandwich appearance, content distribution, and formula accuracy. Sandwich artists taking part in the Sub Jammers competition won regional events leading up to the championship round at the annual Convention.

The competition was sponsored by Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies and Schreiber Foods. Shea received the $3,000 top prize. Shelly Matson, from Esko, Minnesota, took home the $2,000 second-place prize with a total score 43.3. Sharon Hall, who took home the top prize the past two years, received $1,000 for her third-place finish this year with a score of 47. Hall, from Waco, Texas, set the record last year making a sandwich in the time of 38.6 seconds.

"This competition is fast-paced, fun, and one of the highlights of the convention, not just for the sandwich artists, but also for all the attendees," says Tom Coba, chief operations officer for the brand. "The sandwich artist is probably the person most responsible for creating a great experience for our customers and this competition is a great way to recognize their efforts and put a well-deserved spot light on them for a while."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

VIBCO Vibrators Lean Transformation featured in new GBMP Lean Training Video “VIBCO Vibration Nation: Learning to See”

VIBCO Vibrators (Headquartered in Wyoming, RI) is featured in a new training DVD from GBMP (Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership). The DVD premiers at the Northeast Shingo Prize Conference in Worcester, MA on October 8, 2009. It will be available for purchase ($129.00 retail) from GBMP starting October 9 via their online store www.shopgbmp.org.

“VIBCO Vibration Nation: Learning to See" is a high-energy, Virtual Plant Tour and lesson designed to train, educate, motivate and inspire viewers to embrace a lean philosophy and grow a lean culture.

“We were looking for an organization with an exceptional depth of lean understanding and breadth of employee participation. We found it at VIBCO Vibrators. The company president understands that employees are the most valuable resource, and improvement ideas spring from every body, every day. The "Vibration Nation", as they call themselves, has unleashed the power of kaizen, which they freely share with their community. GBMP is pleased to be able to expand this sharing through the release of the VIBCO Vibrators plant tour DVD.” says GBMP President, Bruce Hamilton.

This new DVD showcases the transformative impact of lean on VIBCO and how adopting lean principles can transform any organization – whether public or private, government, manufacturing, high-tech, or service-related. This shop floor and back-of-the-house virtual tour includes valuable lessons about management's key role as part of a successful lean transformation.

VIBCO's results are staggering:
• $2 million inventory reduction
• 35% more customers
• 50% of total sales volume shipped within 1 hour of order receipt with the balance shipped same day or next day
• dramatic improvements in machine and workforce efficiency

“We are really excited about the release of this DVD! We are so passionate about Lean and its potential to revolutionize how business gets done and the amount of value we can provide to our customers,” says Karl Wadensten, VIBCO President. “Our lean revolution has made it possible for us to continue to grow our business and build for the future despite unprecedented business challenges. This video really validates how hard we’ve worked and how far we’ve come and I’m so proud of the whole VIBCO team. But the VIBCO Lean story is far from over… lean has become a part of our DNA and we continue to improve, to grow and to innovate every day in our relentless pursuit of perfection. We have so much potential… who knows what the World Famous Vibrator Guys will accomplish next?”

About GBMP
Based at the University of Massachusetts Boston campus, GBMP (Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership) is a non-profit corporation that has worked with hundreds of companies, providing suggestions and solutions resulting in millions in cost savings and increased sales. Each year GBMP trains over 7000 people on Continuous Improvement principles through customized, on-site classroom and shop-floor training sessions and educates over 1000 more people in public workshops, plant tours and the Manufacturing Roundtable Speaker Series. www.gbmp.org

About VIBCO Vibrators
VIBCO is committed to producing a complete product portfolio that is 100% Made in the USA. VIBCO sought and was awarded a $49,380 Comprehensive Worker Training Grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board (maximum award is $50,000) to continue and expand training and learning opportunities for all VIBCO employees. VIBCO has been named a winner of the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island by the Providence Business News and Best Companies, is a winner of the Progressive Manufacturing PM100 Award, and is a past winner of a Providence Business News Business Excellence Award.

Founded in 1962, VIBCO Vibrators designs, manufacturers and markets a comprehensive range of electric, pneumatic and hydraulic vibrators for construction and industrial use. VIBCO Vibrators also designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of vibratory plate compactors and rollers. All standard VIBCO products are available from stock same or next day and the company is committed to quality, throughput and innovation. VIBCO Vibrators is headquartered in Wyoming, RI, USA.

VIBCO Vibrators sponsors LeanRI.org – a collaborative effort of private citizens, business leaders, educators, government workers, and elected officials with the sole purpose of transitioning a fundamentally broken system into a highly productive engine of growth that is sustainable and continuously improving. Through education and the implementation of universally accepted best practices within a climate of continuous improvement, Rhode Island will dramatically differentiate itself and begin to retain and grow its existing workforce, attract new business, and provide more efficient services in the public and private sector.

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Email: vibrators@vibco.com
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