"Following use of Infor EAM and lean practices, we've realized 10% to 11% efficiency improvements, and our maintenance costs have dropped by 5% to 10%," said Milton Slagowski, maintenance manager, Heinz Frozen Food Co.
Located in Pocatello, Idaho, Heinz Frozen Food Co. makes entrees, snacks, desserts, and, of course, a variety of frozen potatoes.
When Heinz decided to improve its manufacturing and maintenance processes, it analyzed the various vendors, then chose Infor's an enterprise asset management (EAM) application. "It was not only a web-based enterprise system that met all of our maintenance function needs, but, more importantly, it was the most cost-effective solution," Slagowski said.
The company gained better visibility into its processes using Infor EAM, and realized that more progressive "lean" manufacturing and maintenance practices would enable even more significant efficiencies. Heinz began incorporating lean practices and soon got improved results.
"We started to identify maintenance waste elements-those that didn't add value-and to use Infor EAM as it was meant to be used: in concert with lean manufacturing and lean maintenance," Slagowski said.
"Lean practices are instrumental in implementing an EAM application to achieve excellent results quickly and cost-effectively," Slagowski emphasized, "and that asset reliability is a key tool for successful lean manufacturing operations. They have a mutual relationship. And Infor helped us understand the process to achieve our goals and get consistent results."
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