By U.S. ArmyAugust 23, 2007
Anniston Army Depot learned Aug. 13 that two of its production operations are scheduled to receive a public sector Shingo award for excellence in manufacturing at an awards presentation in October.
The announcement comes two months after auditors representing the Utah-based Shingo Prize were here to evaluate process improvements in the depot's Tracked Systems Division and its Turbine Value Stream.
The assembly line for the Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle, or FAASV, and all production lines for the turbine engine are scheduled to receive the Shingo Silver Medallion and the Shingo Bronze Medallion, respectively.
"This award is a benchmark in world-class production standards," said Patti Sparks, chief of enterprise excellence division.
Both manufacturing operations submitted achievement reports to the Shingo Prize administrators in March after overhauling shop floor procedures using techniques and tools like one-piece flow, which is the concept of moving one work piece at a time between operations within a work cell.
Workers in these award-winning areas and others across depot have been incorporating lean manufacturing processes for five years. These awards, a first for ANAD, represent all the lean training and improvement events the depot has accomplished, said Sparks.
The College of Business at Utah State University has been presenting Shingo-named for Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo-awards to the public sector for three years and to the private industry for 20 years, said Shingo Prize associate director Shaun Barker.
"We are proud to add your facility to the elite group of Shingo award recipients," said Barker.
Shingo Prize is presenting 17 awards to public sector manufacturing operations this year, 12 of those within the Army Materiel Command, said Shingo administrators.