SPEAKERS & SESSIONS
Meet the Speakers: Bob Kazar & George Simonoff
Session: Project SOAR: Reliability and Lean Meet
Project SOAR: Reliability and Lean Meet
Project SOAR, Simplify – Organize and Achieve Results, was implemented at the world’s largest citrus packing house in Delano California. The project was executed in a new facility staffed by employees who previously worked in traditional style pack houses. The new facility was capital-intensive and had the most sophisticated assets known to the industry. Old meets new would be an understatement, substantial change and education were necessary to drive the results expected by upper management. The product is citrus and the trees were already planted so there was a continual increase of incoming product each season. The plant had to pack the product or plow it into the ground as fertilizer.
Bringing the operation from a highly reactive site to a level of more planned / proactive activities was achieved by a combination of two programs, Reliability and Lean. Specific projects involving people, process, and technology were implemented to drive performance. Lean concepts drove both operational and reliability process improvements. Solid reliability basics and standards drove up capacity and sustained the gains. This paper covers the steps in the program to transition from highly reactive to a planned and proactive state.