LEDdynamics has benefitted in many ways as a Vermont Training Program grant recipient. A great example of the education and employee development programs a VTP grant can make possible is training in LEAN Manufacturing Initiatives. Adam Howe is an LEDdynamics employee who has made some considerable contributions to the company because of this training.
Adam has worked at LEDdynamics for approximately three years, starting as a production worker. Early in 2018 Adam successfully completed a class in Lean 101 training provided by the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC). After taking this course, he was promoted to a “Group Leader” position in Manufacturing. As a result of Adam’s LEAN MI training, which was enabled by the VTP grant, Adam has been able to:
- Eliminate non-value-added processes, including reducing excess motion, processing panels of units as opposed to individual units, handling products as few times as possible, and reducing time in test processes.Cross-train employees, making them more flexible in various tasks. This has allowed the company to implement a cellular flow into most elements of production.
- Empower assemblers to ask questions about products and processes. Adam listens to the feedback, and with support from the Production Manager, implements where possible for a more efficient manufacturing process. He encourages individuals to learn as much as possible about the products to help ensure that processes are viewed from more than one perspective.
- Implement a reorganization of defined storage locations for test fixtures, tools, and supplies. This reduces the non-value-added time of employees searching for these items.
- Work with the Engineering department and the Manufacturing manager to procure or design labor- and money-saving devices. These devices have improved repeatability and quality of product. An example of this is devising a machine that cuts a fully taped Printed Circuit Board rather than having to break apart boards from within a panel and taping them individually as an additional step.
- Implement a “5-S” program improving work spaces, cleanliness, organization, and general well-being of the workplace.
- Establish Point of Use Systems that reduce manufacturing space and product movement, and improve visual aids on the production floor, which improves work and product
“Adam continues to contribute as a result of what he learned from VMEC’s LEAN Initiatives training. LEDdynamics would not have benefitted from this training without the support of the Vermont Training Program grant. Thanks VTP!” – James Larsen, Director of Finance and Administration