Solar Goes Lean

Down in sunny New Mexico, Lean thinking is changing the face of green manufacturing. Solaro Energy, a solar power appliance manufacturer, recently underwent Lean training. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, Dennis Grubb, the owner and lead engineer of Solaro Energy, was having trouble with bottlenecks and delays. To solve this, he decided to go Lean.

Grubb sent every employee at Solaro Energy to Lean training. The results were astounding, after two months of overhauling and improving their processes, they had doubled their productivity. The business continues to grow with Grubb anticipating that they will need to increase their workforce from 20 to 100 employees over the next five years.

“We reorganized the whole factory and got rid of practices that were obsolete or unnecessary,” Grubb said. “Our incidence of quality failure has dropped to almost zero.” With the increased demand for modern solar products, it is no wonder that there is a corresponding need for cutting edge production techniques.

“I’m not in this for the money but for the planet,” he said. Solaro’s mission is to “become the industry standard and worldwide source of solar-powered solutions for residential, commercial, manufacturing, and municipal environments.”

You can learn more about why Lean techniques are environmentally sound in the video embedded below from our 5S series.

January 13, 2014

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