Each year, St. Louis-based Flesh Co performs several TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) events within the production area. These events are a highly structured team process for renovating and updating legacy equipment. Once a piece of equipment is designated as the target, a team of associates is assembled from various departments throughout the building. The team has one week to complete the renovation during which time the members’ only responsibility is to the project. Early-morning team meetings, working lunches and long hours are the norm during the week.
Goals are set prior to the process to gauge the improvements through scope sheets and lean manufacturing methodologies made over the next several months in production. Last month’s Kaizen event involved a 17" press that Flesh Co purchased new in 1986. Kaizen events are part of Flesh Co’s total quality management to maintain the company’s commitment of quality products to its customers. Before and after images are available for viewing on Flesh Co’s Facebook page.
About Flesh Co
Flesh Co provides top-quality, affordable print services in areas such as variable barcode image printing, integrated cards and labels, label/form combinations, custom label products, full-service bindery and a variety of promotional printing applications.