Company: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co.
Headquarters: Hickory, NC
Size of Company: 1,000 or more employees
Industry: Non-manufacturing
Primary Product Line: Polyurethane foam, hard drawn/oil tempered wire, springs and wire products, metal tubing, metal stampings, welded assemblies, textile products, plastic extrusions, packaging materials, gaskets, seals, polyester fiber products, molded foam products, carpet underlayment, furniture motion products, bedding cushioning, springs and foundations, furniture springs and cushioning
Name of Project: Continuous Significant Improvement
Project Objective: Reduce manufacturing costs; this involved several projects, including inventory reduction, labor cost reduction, total productive maintenance, material utilization improvement, set-up time reduction, and business process improvements
Technologies Employed: Rockwell Automation PowerLean
Accomplishments/ROI: Increased inventory turns; improved machinery reliability; increased available capacity; improved safety; improved material utilization