Lean Welding Case Study
Vermeer Manufacturing Company of Pella, Iowa, and Miller Electric Mfg. Co. of Appleton, Wis., have agreed to share information from their lean welding journey. Vermeer’s results speak volumes to the power of lean welding. Here are just a few examples:
A production rate increase of 37.5 percent on its “lean model line” (the line that best exemplifies lean principles. It produces brush chippers).
The ability to turn raw materials into finished goods in days, not weeks. Vermeer has demonstrated year-after-year improvements of 200 to 300 percent for four consecutive years on some lines.
Year-after-year safety incident and severity rate reductions of 10 to 15 percent.
Zero long-term corporate debt. The company paid cash for more than 300 Axcess® multi-MIG welding systems from Miller.
After implementing Axcess Systems and lean principles on its terrain leveler line, the number of non-conforming welds caught by internal audits dropped by 500 percent, from 6.68 to 1.36 welds per measurement period.