Simmons Machine Tool Corporation

Simmons Machine Tool Corporation Saves Money and Improves Productivity with Lean


Situation:

Simmons engaged the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), the NIST MEP Center for New York state’s Capital Region, to assist with process improvements related to Lean Enterprise training and implementation.  The leadership team at Simmons identified the needed operational performance improvements for more effective and efficient management of the business.  Specifically, the need for efficient/cost-effective process and materials flow, plant layout issues, and productivity issues.

Solution:

CEG leveraged Lean Enterprise training and development to deliver process improvements throughout the manufacturing operation.  These activities included evaluating the current state and working with the Simmons team to develop the future state.  One example of a specific set of activities is the 5S implementation which is ongoing as it is a critical component of continuous improvement. As with many Lean implementations, significant gains were realized when that training was leveraged in concert with focused Kaizen activities.

Full Report: 2009 Simmons Case Study Lean