Lean manufacturing initiatives increase efficiencies at Moyno Inc.

Nov. 6, 2006
Moyno's 5S initiatives of the "lean" manufacturing program at its Springfield, OH, facility have had two objectives -- to ensure cost savings needed to remain profitable in a global economy and retain highly skilled employees...

SPRINGFIELD, OH, Nov. 6, 2006 -- Moyno's lean manufacturing initiatives at its Springfield, OH, facility have two objectives -- to ensure the cost savings needed to remain profitable in a global economy and to retain highly skilled employees. The 5S efforts of the lean manufacturing program involve five specific areas of focus: sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain. At Moyno, 5S is being implemented in six areas including, for example, the chrome plating area, the small pump area and the office area.

"The key to successful lean manufacturing implementation is strong management support," Ben Bullis, Lean Facilitator for Moyno's Springfield plant said. "It's important to identify goals upfront and then properly implement the required changes to address the root causes of identified issues that are impacting efficiency. Once issues are resolved, management conducts regular audits to ensure sustainability."

In the chrome plating area, the 5S team reorganized, added color coded hangers and information signage to optimize communication. Equipment was moved closer to the work area to eliminate wasted time in transporting components. The team also eliminated unneeded equipment to free up space for future growth. To ensure sustainability, regular 5S audits are in place.

In the small pump area, 5S lean manufacturing enhanced flexibility and improved throughput. By implementing cellular manufacturing, the team was able to eliminate unnecessary waste and improve efficiency. Moyno also worked with suppliers to switch to container packaging for additional efficiency improvements. Finally, a just-in-time inventory system was implemented to optimally align with customer delivery requirements.

5S was also used to organize the office area to achieve increased productivity. An employee suggestion program was implemented throughout the facility.

"We've had excellent buy-in from employees and everyone understands the importance of sustainability," Bullis said. "We have been able to reduce time, waste and cost, which makes us much more competitive in the global marketplace."

Moyno Inc. (www.moyno.com) is a leading manufacturer and marketer of Moyno progressing cavity pumps, multiphase fluid transfer systems, grinders and controls. It has an extensive worldwide stocking distribution network that serves a wide range of industries including water and wastewater treatment, pulp and paper, chemical, food, pharmaceutical, mining, petrochemical and oil and gas recovery. It's a unit of Robbins & Myers Inc.


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