GLRPPR Sector Resource: E3 Success Story: GKN Land Systems
E3 Success Story: GKN Land Systems
GKN Land Systems (GKN), located in Woodridge, IL, manufactures agricultural drive shafts and clutches for agricultural applications as well as for military and marine vehicles. GKN is firmly committed to good business practices which benefit the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Their main goal for the E3 assessment was to identify opportunities for improvement in efficiency and energy use. GKN utilized Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's (ISTC) technical assistance staff to facilitate a team-based E3 (Economy Energy, and Environment) assessment.
The E3 assessment reviewed the three value streams (agricultural, marine, and military) on the shop floor with particular focus on the agricultural drive shafts value stream. The total facility is about 40,000 square ft. and the shop floor has an area of approximately 60,000 square ft. The supply chain is quite complex because there are a large number of suppliers located around the world. Many of the larger suppliers are other GKN companies in Europe. The parts and assemblies GKN produces are made-to-order due to varying customer specifications and volumes -- this is characterized as a "high mix/low volum"" environment. GKN is also under pressure from customers to reduce lead times.
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