Even the strongest of us become old and weathered with age. Your Strong Hold may show exterior signs of solid, reliable use, but it will never lose its strength. And this was the case for dozens of Strong Hold cabinets at one General Motors production facility. Originally purchased over 25 years ago by General Motors, and after years of rough and tough usage, keeping tools and production parts stored safely and securely, they simply needed a “freshening up”.
Strong Hold saved me thousands of dollars by refurbishing our original Strong Hold cabinets. They were already structurally sound. Just needed a face lift. And not to mention, they did a lot better job than what my guys would have done with a paint brush.
Maintenance Manager – General Motors
SOLUTION – A TOTAL MAKEOVER
Their Strong Hold cabinets were custom engineered with unique-to-General Motors configurations, so merely replacing them was a less than an optimal option. The goal was to prioritize cost efficiency while still meeting the need for an aesthetically pleasing storage solution with the original strength and utility of a Strong Hold cabinet.
After the oxidization, scale, and dirt were cleaned and sanded, the entire cabinet was buffed. Decrepit labels were removed, glass was cleaned, seals replaced and then finally, they were coated with a fresh General Motors blue.
Strong Hold provided a service to General Motors that greatly reduced their cost while delivering basically new cabinets. Now these Strong Hold cabinets are back to work and returned to their former glory. At Strong Hold, we build products and relationships that last a lifetime, and nowhere is this on display better than at GM’s warehouse with the refurbished cabinets.
At Strong Hold, we hold a weekly meeting where we identify eight aspects of production with the potential for waste. Transportation, inventory, motion, defects, overproduction, over processing, and waiting all constitute the standard seven sins of waste. We identified one more: unused employee ideas. We’ve also dedicated this time to using employee ideas in order to eliminate waste from our workspace. Previously, our PPE, or personal protective equipment, made for an organizational nightmare. Coordinating the needs of shop floor laborers with our Purchasing team was a difficult task due to the nature of our process. Luckily, we got a few smart minds involved (lots of our employees have bright ideas!) and used the power of Strong Hold Plus to eliminate our problems.
CHAOS IN COORDINATION
We eliminated our first waste area, unused employee ideas, right from the get go by consulting with our employees about their problems and their proposed solutions. An issue with our PPE process was that our purchasing team only knew what to reorder when it was already out of stock. Since there were no indicators of when something was low, purchasing became guesswork. This constituted waste in inventory, as unused PPE would sit stockpiled, and created waste in the “waiting” category because certain jobs could not be completed until proper safety equipment was available. Our solution was to use the tools available as standard features of our Plus line to combat this waste!
THE STRONG HOLD PLUS PPE CABINET
We built a cabinet with exterior magnetic labeling, and interior shelf labels and dividers, all of which are standard features that come with a new Strong Hold Plus cabinet. The shelf dividers separate PPE stock, and a shelf label identifies what they are, and their reorder point. This way, employees can easily identify when stock is low and needs reordering. When this happens, they use the exterior labels and magnets to identify stock in need of reordering. Purchasing comes to check the cabinet, sees what needs reordering, and then moves the magnetic label to the “On Order” category so shop employees know the new equipment is on its way. This eliminates the guesswork on the purchasing side, and ensures no inventory is wasted, and drastically reduces the time wasted waiting for new equipment. To top it off, the cabinet is secured with a Bluetooth Master Lock, making sure no stock leaves the cabinet without approval. Strong Hold Plus made this possible, saved us money, and even more importantly, valuable time.