Hitchiner Manufacturing’s Milford, NH plant received an honorable mention with its “Refilling Wax Bead Barrels” entry.
Prior to the improvement, a worker had to pick a 50 pound bag of wax beads off a pallet, move it to the desired location, and dump the contents into a barrel. The worker moved over 150 bags per week for a total of 7,500 pounds of material.
The company designed a wax bead filler with an automotive sensor. Now, the worker has to push the near-empty barrel to the filler and push a button. The sensor will shut off when the barrel is full.
View the 2013 Find It – Fix It Challenge winner.