Evonik Industries uses OMD for Lean Manufacturing

Evonik Industries Case Study

The Manager of the Lean QC Program at Evonik Industries’ Tippecanoe Laboratories, was tasked with establishing and running a continuous program focusing on the implementation of Lean Manufacturing principles. As part of their program, they have a foundation based on 5S – Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.

About Evonik Industries

 

Evonik Industries is a specialty chemicals company that was established in 2007.  Evonik Industries is represented by more than 150 production and distribution sites worldwide with 36,000 employees.   Many of the products you use every day, such as car tires, mattresses, tablets and animal feed, contain Evonik products.  Often it’s just a small amount, but according to Evonik, “that’s exactly what makes the difference.  This is how Evonik makes tires more fuel-efficient, mattresses bouncier, tablets more effective and animal nutrition healthier.”  (Evonik.com)

Challenge

At Tippecanoe Laboratories in Lafayette, Indiana, Evonik has parts for automated titration instruments that need to be sorted. The existing cabinetry in their laboratory is not flexible. Employees were trying to get by with off-the-shelf drawer organizers from local home stores, but those standard systems did not fit their drawers well and often were not exactly the right fit for many of the parts they maintain. The disorganization made simple tasks more difficult. Employees were constantly looking for items. They were also over-ordering expensive components because items were scattered in multiple storage locations and not easy to inventory. They had no centralized storage where they could easily see what they had on hand. The disorganization left negative impressions with clients and auditors.

Solution

When Bradley Yoder, Manager of the Lean QC Program, found Organize My Drawer, he knew he had found a solution to at least part of the 5S goals. Custom drawer organization is now being utilized as part of the program. “The custom organizers allow us to create a storage system which is designed specifically for our needs, including the ability to create bins for atypically shaped parts,” said Yoder. Evonik is now able to “Sort” and “Set in Order” their automated titration instruments. Their storage is also “Standardized” now and will be much easier to “Sustain” because they have personalized storage for their unique needs.

Result

Bradley Yoder’s team received their organizers within just days of placing their order. The organizers arrived fully assembled and ready to drop in and use. The employees now have specific compartments for their instruments – and can find just what they need quickly and efficiently. Over-ordering and frustrated searching for missing items are now a thing of the past.

Evonik Laboratories Lab Drawer Organizers Dividers Inserts Liners

Surprisingly Simple

Lab Titration Drawer Organizer

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Evonik Laboratories Lab Drawer Organizers Dividers Inserts Liners

Remarkably Fast

Lab Titration Drawer Organizer

USE CASE 2

Evonik Laboratories Lab Drawer Organizers Dividers Inserts Liners

Practically Perfect

Lab Titration Drawer Organizer

USE CASE 3

About Evonik Industries

Evonik Industries is a specialty chemicals company that was established in 2007. Evonik Industries is represented by more than 150 production and distribution sites worldwide with 36,000 employees. Many of the products you use every day, such as car tires, mattresses, tablets and animal feed, contain Evonik products. Often it’s just a small amount, but according to Evonik, “that’s exactly what makes the difference. This is how Evonik makes tires more fuel-efficient, mattresses bouncier, tablets more effective and animal nutrition healthier.” (Evonik.com)