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Royal Vendors, Inc.



Royal Vendors, Inc.

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Project Type:
Existing
Location: Jefferson County
Royal Vendors, Inc., located in Kearneysville, West Virginia, is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of high-quality, cold drink vending machines. Royal Vendors, Inc., looked to the GGWFP for assistance in funding their “Lean Manufacturing” initiative, a program designed to strengthen the company’s edge against offshore competitors, and maintain market share.

Vice President of Manufacturing Greg Johnson states, “The intent is to focus on a particular area of our manufacturing process that we believe has a significant amount of potential for improvement, and then make the entire operation from sales to shipping a lean process.”

In order to get the best results, Royal Vendors needs trainers who have hands-on knowledge and can provide hands-on training rather than traditional classroom teaching.

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) was able to meet those needs by mapping the entire value stream in order to identify upstream or downstream processes that significantly impact the work center, determine TAKT time and the rate of customer demand. Based upon their analysis, recommendations were provided for future, longterm actions to be taken on the full value stream with expected quantitative results.

RCBI provided Royal Vendors’ teams with necessary classroom training, including hands-on demonstrations, and then followed them to the production floor for additional training. The first stage of the initiative was completed with a quantitative report from RCBI detailing the drastic improvements that were made within the targeted area. Royal Vendors, Inc., is now preparing for Stage II of their Lean Initiative.
“The intent is to focus on a particular area of our manufacturing process that we believe has a significant amount of potential for improvement, and then make the entire operation from sales to shipping a lean process.”

Greg Johnson,
Vice President of Manufacturing