Now that I’ve spent a few weeks in the plant here in Dover, I felt comfortable enough to start proposing changes relating to my Yellow Belt Project. Last week I was able to implement the first of them to my changeover process project. My task was to reduce the number of hours to complete a full changeover wash in the bakery. You can imagine, dough can be quite hard to scrape off. Now we are adding more support in a condensed period of time and better tools to help the operators bring the changeover time down.
The team and I reduced the amount of time, but there is still room for improvement. I’m continuing to figure out what tasks can be done externally while machines are running and what tasks can be done simultaneously to each other. With the support of the operators, we’re hoping to reach our goal and sustain it for future changeovers!