Although the kaizen events that are on-going at the plants of Freudenberg-NOK—a few days and nights of concentrated process improvements—might lead many people at OEM and supplier companies to look on with surprise at how quickly changes are made and benefits are realized with these quick projects, what happened at its plant in Bristol, New Hampshire, during a three-month period would give pause to even savvy lean thinkers.
Of all of the practitioners of lean that we’ve ever encountered, Plymouth, Michigan-based Freudenberg-NOK continues to be an exemplar of what can be done through dedication to doing things in a better way. Here are some of the new things we’ve learned about this muda-eliminating firm . . .
Yes, here is still another piece in what seems to be an endless praise of an automotive supplier that is genuinely serious about being lean in all ways. Hey, we can't help it if this is an exemplary outfit...
There are dark clouds well over the horizon so far as conditions in auto go right now, but for those companies that practice lean, things aren’t entirely bleak. A new lean training organization may help those who are hoping to ride out the storm.
In order to retain fluids in a number of rotating-shaft applications—at the front and rear of crankshafts, on camshafts, wheel bearings, pinions, transmission output and input shafts, etc.—radial shaft seals are routinely applied.
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