Lean Manufacturing Andon System

At Hub Labels, the production management team recognized a gap in the employees’ ability to easily signal and receive help while on the production floor. After doing some research into different types of equipment, the decision was made to invest in the Lean Manufacturing Andon solution. In manufacturing, Andon systems provide visual feedback to the plant floor, making it more easy for an employee to alert management of an issue that needs attention. Andon systems indicate line status, show when assistance is needed (e.g. supervisor or maintenance calls), and empower operators to stop the production process for quality issues.

This new communication tool will:
• Bring immediate attention to problems as they occur in the production process.
• Provide a simple and consistent mechanism for communicating information on the plant floor.
• Encourage immediate reaction to quality, down time, and safety problems.
• Improve accountability of operators by increasing their responsibility for “good” production and empowering them to take action when problems occur.
• Improve the ability of supervisors to quickly identify and resolve manufacturing issues.

After deciding to move forward with the Andon system, the next step was to figure out how to create and implement it at Hub Labels. The exterior boxes were built out of wood and painted gray. Maintenance handled all of the mechanical wiring within the boxes and added the switches to each converting machine. Two switches were installed per machine so employees can easily signal if they need assistance from the Finishing side or the Shipping side during label production.

The end product was a visual system that quickly alerted management to employee production concerns.

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Hub Goes Electric with a Chevrolet Volt

Hagerstown, MD (August 12, 2015) — Hub Labels, Inc recently purchased a 2015 Chevrolet Volt, a hybrid vehicle, to use as a company vehicle. The Volt is unlike traditional hybrid cars because it can drive on pure electricity for the every day commute and seamlessly switch to gasoline for longer trips.

For less than the cost of a latte, The Volt can be fully charged and get an EPA-estimated 38 miles gas-free. Thh could lead to the discovery of potential savings to be made. The Volt averages 900 miles between fill-ups. With the standard 120V charging unit, the car’s battery can be charged in about 10 to 16 hours. In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named Volt a 2015 Top Safety Pick in its Small Car segment. With all of these great incentives, plus being environmentally friendly, the Volt is a great addition to Hub.

Hub’s decision to purchase the Chevrolet Volt is part of their “Going Green” initiatives. Hub Labels has won several awards within their community that recognize their efforts to leave the world a better place through caring for the environment, business sustainability, and embracing the role of Hub Labels in the circular economy. The company has an employee led team who reimagines how things are done at Hub to find new and innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. It has been a great success for the company and one that employees have fully embraced.

Find your local chevrolet dealer for more information on the Chevrolet Volt.