Kaizen Institute - Success Story
Mining - Potash
Flow Management, Daily KAIZENâ„˘
A large Canadian potash mine owner.
Our client had an ongoing issue with managing inventory in an underground warehouse. Missing parts, difficulty locating parts, duplicate orders and mismatches of actual parts availability versus whatâ€™s shown in the inventory system was common. This issue was creating inefficiency in the workplace and having a direct impact on equipment downtime.
- Parts were being stored without a systematic approach to workplace organization, inventory management or flow of warehouse materials
- Other maintenance activities have been a higher priority over the revitalization of the warehouse
- Employee training on the benefits of using KAIZENâ„˘ Methodologies was required
- Safer workplace conditions and improved employee morale
- Increased daily warehouse productivity by 40%
- Warehouse floor space use reduced by 65%
- $1.35 Million in savings directly attributed to increased efficiency and the elimination of ordering duplicate parts
- Benefits of the project resulted in duplicating the initiative in other locations