Original Date: 07/23/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Paint Cycle Time Reduction (Changeover)
Upon expansion of its customer base and parts mix, Nascote became concerned about product paint changeovers. With the vast parts mix, numerous colors, style, and process changeovers required (approximately 40 per day), the time needed to execute changeovers started affecting throughput and inventory. In 1993, Nascote’s painting operation underwent massive changes, driving the focus for improvement to the actual changing of materials in the spray guns.
With emphasis placed on finishing materials, Nascote formed a team of process engineers, technicians, and paint system operators to reduce cycle times by using existing methods as the baseline. The 1993 system modernization had improved the cycle times somewhat, thus directing emphasis on delivery systems. Additional changes had to be addressed by process improvements. By timing the changes through sufficient notice from the Scheduling Group, Nascote reduced not only the time required but associated material waste as well.
Nascote benchmarked its process improvements against others in this industry and maintains it is among the best in the automotive exterior trim product manufacturing industry. The company will continue to strive for world-class process enhancements.
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