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Zim's Bagging

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Project Type:
Existing
Location: Wayne County
Zim’s Bagging Company is a custom converter and printer of plastic film and foam packaging. The flexible packaging produced at their Prichard, West Virginia, facility is sent to industries of almost every type. With over 40 years in the industry, Zim’s Bagging has continually produced quality flexible packaging at competitive prices.

Management recognized that a company specializing in short-run custom products needed to continually improve to stay competitive. This meant looking at setup times, downtime rates, scrap rates and even maintenance procedures. This was a perfect fit for Lean Manufacturing.

With the assistance of the GGWFP, the company was able to obtain training in Lean Manufacturing techniques and schedule quite a few “kaizen” events with TBM Consulting, a nationally recognized leader in the field.

With each kaizen event, Zim’s Bagging was able to focus on a key area of the plant with a team of four to six individuals led by the TBM instructor, Sam Stevenson. Each event lasted about a week and each time they observed how a process worked in its current state. The team would then use lean manufacturing techniques to improve it. One shining example is setup times, which have been reduced in some areas by as much as 70 percent, with many areas seeing at least a 50 percent reduction.

Tina Burgess, environmental health and safety / human resource manager, said, “As a result of the Lean workshops, we have decreased product run variability, reduced machine setup times and improved our bottom line.”

The training Zim’s Bagging received is an important part of their continuous improvement effort and will aid in staying competitive in a rapidly changing industry.
“As a result of the Lean workshops, we have decreased product run variability, reduced machine setup times and improved our bottom line.”

Tina Burgess,
Environmental Health and Safety / Human Resource Manager