Efficiency Through OrganizationAuthor: Benjamin A. Hill, Brose Tuscaloosa, Inc.
New equipment and processes are not the only choices paintshops have to increase efficiency. At Brose, we have a captive shop, and we believe 5S is an important part of making sure we maintain the highest efficiency possible. I would like to help others see the benefits as well. To those unfamiliar with the 5S concept, it is a Japanese set of terms for continual orderliness - sort, set, shine, standardize, and sustain. We are a German company, but we have embraced the concept of 5S because, quite simply, it helps make our company money. A thorough 5S program can lead to reductions in downtime, reductions in inventory, improvements in safety, immediate recognition of abnormal situations, and several other benefits.
Understanding the Operating Costs for ElectrocoatAuthor: Rodger Talbert, Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions
Many companies do not clearly understand their daily operating cost. This leads to inaccurate pricing and also makes it hard to evaluate the benefit of any operation or technological change. This discussion will review the factors affecting the cost of running an electrocoating system including material, labor, utilities and system management, A detailed process for determination of operating cost will be demonstrated with a case study and illustration of how to evaluate costs.