Company: EFD Inc., a Nordson Company
Headquarters: Providence, RI
Size of Company: 100-499 employees
Industry: Miscellaneous manufacturing
Primary Product Line: Fluid dispensing systems; disposable dispense tips; syringe barrels and cartridges for adhesives, lubricants, and other fluids
Name of Project: Consolidation of 4 facilities into 1 using Lean principles
Project Objective: To increase customer satisfaction and maximize operational efficiency while lowering operating and production costs and reducing inventory levels
Technologies Employed: N/A
Accomplishments/ROI: Reduced inventory levels 20% using a make-to-order approach; shortened interval between order placement and shipping by 20%; lean workflow freed up 30% of floor space in new facility; increased output without adding personnel; energy produced during manufacturing process now heats and cools the facility, reducing utility costs; also, energy-efficient HVAC system, lighting, and plumbing cut utility costs