Value Stream Mapping Projects for Magline Guided by Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) expert Roger Tomlinson, is working closely with Jim Gage Plant Manager at Magline to conduct various lean manufacturing actions to ensure best practices, heightened efficiency, and elimination of waste.

There are two primary activities being conducted at the Magline Standish, Michigan headquarters.  Value Stream Mapping (VSM) and Kaizen events. Value stream mapping is a lean-management method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or service from its beginning through to the customer. Kaizen events used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, refers to activities that continuously improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers. It also applies to processes, such as purchasing and logistics that cross organizational boundaries into the supply chain. By improving standardized activities and processes, kaizen aims to eliminate waste, the hallmark of lean manufacturing.

The current VSM projects being conducted by MMTC includes VSM/Kaizen Shipping. According to Gage, “Our goal with this VSM and Kaizen event is to review our process within shipping and optimize where possible better ways to manage our outgoing product thru our various channels and customers.  Shipping methods, destinations, shipping requirements are constantly changing and we must stay on top of those changes in order to stay competitive and bring our products to our customer base faster with less errors and greater quality. We plan to look at how we pull parts, package parts, prepare shipments, methods, technology and make the needed improvements to increase our On-Time Shipping Performance.”

About MMTC, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center:

Since 1991, MMTC has assisted Michigan’s small and medium-sized businesses compete and grow. MMTC is part of the NIST MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) program.

About Magline:

As a leader in the material handling industry, Magline, Inc. is committed to creating innovative solutions that help people transport materials more safely and efficiently. For nearly seven decades, this commitment translates to creating exceptional products and service experience earning long-term customer loyalty. Magline, the manufacturer of the innovative CooLift Delivery System, the new ergonomic LiftPlus technology, and Glyde staircase solution, designs solutions to help companies move more product in less time, safely.

Magline understands the unique material handling requirements of product movement and remains at the forefront of designing aluminum equipment worldwide.  Dynamic leadership ensures the Michigan-based manufacturer is consistently introducing innovative products and services, driven by customer needs and industry insights. Magline’s industry knowledge and expertise has evolved into a compelling customer value proposition.

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State: Michigan
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