NEW BREMEN, Ohio (November 3, 2016) – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, recently hosted a Maintenance Miracle Kaizen event to showcase the company’s successful implementation of a total productive maintenance (TPM) process in its manufacturing facilities.
The three-day event, held at Crown’s Celina, Ohio, manufacturing facility, focused on autonomous maintenance, a foundational part of the TPM process that utilizes a team-based approach to equipment maintenance activities. Event leaders shared Crown’s experience on implementing and managing a successful TPM process across manufacturing facilities. Attendees learned the value of team-based equipment care, as well as the seven steps of autonomous maintenance and the equipment operator’s role in a TPM program. Attendees also participated in hands-on maintenance exercises using manufacturing equipment in the Crown facility.
“TPM focuses on keeping manufacturing equipment in top working condition to help avoid breakdowns and delays in manufacturing processes. The main objective of TPM is to increase productivity while maintaining the quality of the products produced,” said Deb Rindler, TPM/PM/procurement manager, Crown Equipment. “Crown introduced the TPM process into its manufacturing operation in 2010. Since then, it has become a valuable part of the company’s commitment to vertically integrated manufacturing. Our success is largely attributed to the full support we receive from Crown’s total workforce, including the people on the line our equipment service staff and the lift fleet.”
Crown prides itself on its vertically integrated manufacturing process model. The company designs and manufactures up to 85 percent of its lift truck components, including key parts such as motors, drive units and electronic modules. The vertical integration model is based on exceeding customer expectations for flexibility, quality, customization, performance, safety and technology among others. Crown embraces a forward-thinking culture globally, which has resulted in competitive differentiation for Crown products in the marketplace.
Vertically integrated manufacturing brings together every aspect of Crown’s production process toward the common goal of creating superior material handling products for its customers. It enables the flexibility needed to manufacture a comprehensive range of trucks that meet the specific needs of customers worldwide, while ensuring consistent global production standards, sustainable environmental practices and a high level of quality.
About Crown Equipment Corporation
Crown is one of the world’s largest material handling companies with a reputation for award-winning product design, advanced engineering and technology, and superior after-sale service. Crown’s business philosophy utilizes vertically integrated processes to design, manufacture and distribute forward-thinking, innovative solutions that improve customers’ productivity and operating efficiency. Crown produces a broad range of forklifts as well as automation and fleet management technologies.
The company’s global headquarters is located in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, with regional headquarters in Australia, China, Germany and Singapore. Its employees number more than 13,000 worldwide. Crown operates a service and distribution network that exceeds 500 retail locations in over 80 countries. To learn more about Crown’s ideas for helping customers advance the productivity of their operations, visit crown.com.