Turning Complex Manufacturing into a Simple Recipe for Growth

The Situation

Complex manufacturing is just that–complex. Jarp Industries, a designer, manufacturer, and remanufacturer of hydraulic cylinders, has had a handle on this complexity since 1959. But they wanted more than a handle on it. They wanted to drive their complex manufacturing operation toward sustainable growth. On-Time Edge helped them do that.

The Challenge

Jarp Industries is a high variety, low-volume type of manufacturer, which creates a number of operational complexities. “Our biggest operational challenge,” said Kevin Kraft, Jarp Industries CEO, “really comes from the customization of what we do.” Jarp needed to manage this chaos, create predictable outcomes, and improve on-time delivery.

The Solution

We met Kevin Kraft and the Jarp Industries team after being referred by their ERP vendor. According to Kraft, they were using lean manufacturing techniques, but with minimal results. “[Lean] wasn’t giving us the solution for scheduling our high variety product mix,” said Kraft. The On-Time Edge team immersed themselves in Jarp’s identified opportunities, and employed a mixture of Theory of Constraints and software to position JARP Industries manufacturing for serious growth.

The Results

In just a few months time, we helped Jarp Industries achieve…
Decrease in Backlog
Reduction in Overtime
Increase in Sales
Impact on Labor Costs
Complexity Manufacturing Management Production Planning and Scheduling Software

The Lasting Impact

“At this point we’re pretty independent,” said Kraft. “We have got our people trained, our processes in place, and we’ve been getting good results.” Jarp Industries continue to grow using the tried and true principles, techniques, and tools we worked with them to implement. “Our delivery for last year was perfect. And I can honestly say that we wouldn’t have done that without their help.”

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