Team 1 Plastics, a plastic injection molding company for the mobility industry, believes that “Building an exceptional company is the result of building exceptional teams with exceptional people.” Today continues a series of articles profiling Team 1 Plastics’ teams – its Departments. Meet the Maintenance Department.
Name of Department: Maintenance
The Maintenance Department consists of seven Team Members: Captain Andy Zblewski, two full-time Machine Specialists, Will Adams and Anthony Merringer, two full-time Tool Specialists, Craig Clem and Jadon Austin, Ethan Austin, a part–time Specialist in–training, and Sonya Garret, a part–time janitor.
How does your Department support Team 1’s Customers? Department Captain, Andy Zblewski, says that “Simply put, our department works closely with both the customers and with Team 1’s Engineering and Quality departments in design, delivery and troubleshooting issues.”
How does your Department support Team 1? The Maintenance Department is responsible for maintenance and repair of all aspects of Team 1 including, but not limited to, facilities, buildings, grounds, machinery, and tooling. Maintenance is also responsible for building end–of–arm tools for the robots and measurement jigs for engineering.
Describe a typical workday in your Department. “Controlled chaos,” Zblewski reports with a smile. “I think that most Maintenance departments would be described this way. Here at Team 1 the Maintenance department is run using a daily schedule board. This board is controlled by the Maintenance Captain. It has daily tasks written for each employee (except for janitor). This is what is planned to be done but unfortunately things do not break on a schedule. The Maintenance Captain is in constant talks with the Plant Supervisor and Scheduler as well as with Customer Relations to make sure that things that need repair are done first or to determine what timeline we do have to get the repairs done. Ultimately the schedule board is an always–changing schedule. It makes it interesting because you never know exactly what you will be working on at any given time.”
Share an example of a problem/challenge that your Department encountered and how you solved it. “There are many on a daily basis, however, we did have what could have been a major issue recently on a P28 injection machine. A ceramic heat shield failed on this machine and a replacement would have been 2 weeks delivery at a cost of over $2,000. We discussed amongst ourselves options and determined that we would order raw ceramic and machine this ourselves. We had never worked with ceramics before, but we ultimately were able to build this and get the machine back into use in just two days and for less than $1,000.”
What is One Noteworthy Accomplishment by your Department in the recent past? The Maintenance Department has reached its goal of having fewer than five past–due Tool Preventative Maintenance work orders (PM) and one Machine PM past–due; and it has maintained this goal for quite a while. This was a difficult target to achieve but with better scheduling of the department, communication with Production scheduling, and a change of the Plant Supervisor, this was able to be accomplished.
What are the Current Goals for your Department? We are striving to be 5S compliant. This is very difficult due to time constraints and demands on the department. “We think that we will achieve this before the end of 2021,” Zblewski predicts.
What does your Department take pride in? Zblewski and his co-workers agree that they are very Team-oriented and take pride in working well with each other. “We do not have internal bickering or talking behind each other’s backs. If we have a problem, we discuss it in the department.
Department’s Random Poll: Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening person? The most popular answer for this group was morning, which received three votes. “Morning,” said one team member. “I am upset if I don’t see the sun come up.” Another replied, “I think I am more of a morning person. I like to get up early so I can get things done and enjoy my evenings. I have always been better at getting up early than staying up late.” One department-member voted for the afternoon: “I don’t like waking up early or staying up all night.” Two colleagues picked evening or night in the poll.