Communication is key to success with LMP
May 12, 2011
- tool and parts attendants began meeting each Monday and Wednesday morning to open lines of communication with shop personnel.
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - Earlier this year, as a result of LMP implementation, the tool and parts attendants in Bldg. 143 began meeting each Monday and Wednesday morning with the goal of opening lines of communication between the parts and shop floor personnel.
Parts availability, for the M1 and Paladin lines and the Recoil Room, is the primary focus of the meetings.
"Our job is to provide top-notch customer service. In our case, the customer is the mechanic," said Victor Williams, tool and parts attendant. "In order for the mechanics to work, the parts need to be available."
LMP demands an environment of open communication at all working levels and the parts personnel are embracing the concept with a teamwork approach.
"Our meetings allow everyone to come together to resolve problems such as shortages," said Williams. "We also use the meetings to plan ahead. We look two weeks ahead in LMP so we know what is coming down the pipeline."
With LMP, inventory accuracy is critical. In addition to their efforts for ensuring material availability, the team is busy reconciling the inventory records in LMP. They oversee 1,790 parts and make every effort to monitor the inventory on a daily basis. According to Williams, the team is halfway through the process of reconciling their records, but the effort will always be ongoing to maintain accuracy.
The result has been better material visibility and a better understanding of the mechanics' needs.
The team in Bldg. 143 is made up of Victor Williams, John Garrett, Sherquedra Jackson, Tracey MacNally, Kim Erickson, Tammy Holland, Brittany Harrelson, Melody Hardy and Brent Smitherman.
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