Pit Crews cut final assembly time in half at FMC Technologies. Synchronized pit crews of today, represent optimum speed, precise timing, and meticulous attention to detail. According to Woeppel, those same benefits can be driven right onto the factory floor, giving the manufacturer a competitive workflow advantage that’s hard to beat. Pinnacle Strategies harnessed a pit crew analogy to demonstrate and facilitate successful Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM). The innovative idea proved itself by turning in an outstanding performance in a recent application at FMC Technologies, an engineer-to-
When demand outpaced capacity at FMC Technologies, it was imperative to ramp up production. The company hired the Pinnacle team to identify areas where immediate improvement was possible, then formulate and initiate solutions. Pinnacle complied, coupling considerable experience implementing Critical Chain projects with their “pit crew” technique and other innovative strategies. The outcome was impressive. Pinnacle CEO Mark Woeppel reports that the project resulted in a 50% reduction in test duration and final assembly time for the products FMC Technologies made for Shell Oil and substantial improvement overall including an increase in labor productivity of 15 to 30 percent — all without capital investment — all within 60 days.
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