DIE TECH SERVICES HELPS SPARTANBURG STEEL PRODUCTS REDUCE DOWNTIME AND BECOME MORE PROACTIVE ON TOOLING ISSUES
Located in the heart of the Southern automotive corridor, Spartanburg Steel Products employs approximately 550 people who stamp underbody components. When the year started, Tool & Die Manager Randy Grimes was averaging 10.6% downtime a month related to tooling issues. He had an average of 120 tooling repair orders at any given point, even though his goal was 40 (+/-10). "SSP has many talented people, but many of those expected to maintain or repair tooling had never performed that work outside of the company," Grimes said. "They have never learned the fundamentals of die making."
Grimes turned instead to Die Tech Services Inc, a Michigan contractor dedicated exclusively to providing skilled tool-and-die makers and technical support to companies around the world. DTS placed six of its experienced tool-and-die makers in-house at Spartanburg Steel in February to assist with evaluating and improving work flow, tool and die repair, troubleshooting, tryout and related issues. The results were quantifiable:
2.9% reduction in downtime
66% reduction in repair orders
30% improvement in proactive vs. reactive repair
Improved operating efficiencies
"Thanks to DTS, we finally moved from reacting to tooling problems to being proactive," Grimes said. "DTS didn't just look at the immediate issue, such as a WHAT, but at the root cause and then tackled the problem. This whole relationship has worked out really well. I am very happy with Die Tech Services."