Roll-Kraft Begins Lean Journey

Lean manager Kevin Hartman has implemented techniques that immediately reduced wastes by 43 percent in tube, pipe and roll forming tooling production.

Roll-Kraft (Mentor, OH) has recently implemented methods initiated by it lean manager, Kevin Hartman. These methods have resulted in an immediate reduction of waste material in the tube, pipe, and roll forming tooling production process by 43 percent.

This is the first of several improvements expected to be realized over the up-coming months, as various processes are reviewed and modifications identified.

We are taking significant measures in our industry to practice Lean,” said Roll-Kraft president Chuck Gehrisch. “These waste reduction improvements that Kevin and his team have achieved will directly benefit our customers by helping us improve our industry-leading 98 percent on-time delivery and 97 percent first-time performance rates. We look forward to further improvements in the near future and are committed to keeping our customers and the industry informed of our continued progress on these Lean initiatives.”

The company is consistent in its on-going search for ways to go beyond the expectancy of the customer. This constant focus has made the manufacturer a leading provider of roll tooling to tube and pipe and roll form producers around the world, as companies identify Roll-Kraft as a single-source supplier, from initial roll tooling design, to training, to first-time performance when the tooling is installed on their mill.