This year, current Humantech System clients submitted entries into one of two categories. Easy-to-fix solutions that cost little to implement were categorized as simple, and improvements that required more time, resources, and budget made up the complex category.
And the winners are …
Complex Category Winner:
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Lifting at High Speed Test Machine
Prior to the fix, an operator had to manually lift and install a tire and rim assembly weighing between 120 to 140 pounds to a test machine two to three times per shift. The company purchased a lift device which eliminated all lifting and lowering tasks.
Cardinal Health Ashland
Cuauhtemoc, Mexico Ashland, OH
Manual Coiling 1-Gallon F-style Can Filling
Simple Category Winner:
Sheboygan Falls, WI
Vessel Bottom Valve Replacement
Prior to the fix, two operators were required to lift a valve weighing between 27 to 73 pounds overhead, hold it in place, and bolt it to a glass lined vessel. To improve the task, the company installed a table and jack costing less than $3,000. Now, the table and jack hold the valve in place while one worker affixes the unit. This improvement saves the company thousands of dollars each year in labor and occupational injuries costs.
Genie Industries The Timken Company
Moses Lake, WA Chennai, India
P-Com Barrel Triple Rinse Close-In Die Change