Posted by: meikah | 6 August 2008 | 9:26 pm
The move was inevitable. Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. company, knew they had to move its 140,000-square-foot McCauley Propeller Systems manufacturing plant in Vandalia, Ohio, to its new 110,000-square-foot home in Columbus, Georgia.
The clincher: to make the move in one month.
The challenges: to maintain the least amount of disruption to production and downtime and to have little or no disruption of operations and deliveries.
Cessna’s Jimmie Veal turned to The ACCESS Group (TAG), experts in lean manufacturing consulting and plant relocation based out of Nashville, Tenn., to complete a feasibility study for the business impact of the project.
Then they enjoined Jabezco, which was working in harmony with TAG, who determined the optimum move sequence through first understanding the process flow, inventory levels, demand, etc.
Today, the Columbus McCauley Propeller Systems operations are producing more product, have employed cost and production efficient robotics vs. manual labor and are following lean manufacturing principals.
It’s amazing that one big move like this has been made successful because of a system called Lean.