Time is money — U.S. Paint saves both with Preactor APS
In a new whitepaper from Preactor, manufacturing professionals at U.S. Paint describe how they realized a 50% decrease in work in progress, and a 20% decrease in production lead times.
In a new whitepaper from Preactor, manufacturing professionals at U.S. Paint describe how they realized a 50% decrease in work in progress, and a 20% decrease in production lead times. As a direct result of Preactor APS software, these improvements have led to a 20% reduction in total finished goods inventory for U.S. Paint, which is a market leader supplying coatings for exterior automotive parts. With an ongoing commitment to lean manufacturing, U.S. Paint has found Preactor to be not just a powerful solution to fixing short term problems, but also one that keeps on delivering benefits year after year, according to the company.
For more details on U.S. Paint's challenges and solutions, download the full whitepaper.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.