Manufacturing in Action, Source : The Manufacturer US
Vapor Bus International, a maker of passenger door systems for transit buses and other transportation-related products, has changed dramatically in recent years as lean initiatives have pushed down production time and helped eliminate end-of-the-month rushes to meet deadlines. Keith Regan finds out how they did it.
In 1996, Vapor Bus, which marked its 100th anniversary in 2003, was purchased by Wilmerding, PA-based Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp. (Wabtec), which operates some 40 manufacturing facilities around the world. With support from Wabtec, and Jeff Langer, corporate QPS director, things began to change. Vapor Bus began to explore lean and soon realized it had the power to dramatically alter the way it did business.