Art’s Way Blog

Dealer Spotlights – Success in Shortlines

Hills Inc.

Hills Inc. Continues Tradition in Red River Valley _ 2018-03-19 _ Farm Equipment Publication

J.O. Harris Sales

Shortline Veterans in Illinois Stands by Values into Third Generation | 2018-02-20 | Farm Equipment

K&L Tractor

K&L Tractor Complements Mainline with Shortline Options | 2018-01-18 | Farm Equipment Publication

 

*Series of articles supplied by Farm Equipment Magazine in their Success in Shortlines Series.*

7165 Hydraulic Cooler

Did you know???

Our 7165 Grinder Mixers feature a hydraulic cooler to help you run more efficiently.

The D-Series cooler allows your machine to use less oil as it automatically engages when the oil temperature has exceeded the limit.

It also self reverses every 10 minutes to keep the fins clear of debris.

As a standard feature on our 7165 hammer mill and roller mill models, the hydraulic cooler allows you to operate longer while reducing the power loss over time.

Check out all the specs on this great new feature >

Continuous Improvement

What is Continuous Improvement?

The easiest way for me to describe continuous improvement, common sense along with the elimination of waste. That is why we have named our program CICS or

Continuous Improvement equals Common Sense.

Waste, or “non-value added”, is defined as what you, the dealer, is willing to pay for. An example is, you are willing to pay for the material to be welded together but not for the time it takes to inspect the final product.

The starting point of any continuous improvement program is 5s+1, and it’s not only for the shop floor; the office is included. 

5S stands for:

  • Sort
  • Straighten
  • Shine
  • Sustain
  • Standardize

The +1 is safety, and trumps all other activities. We will also start looking for other types of waste by using other tools such as set-up reduction, total productive maintenance, mistake proofing, and creative problem solving.

Our Board of Directors is in full support of this program and has given us the direction to move forward by authorizing a Continuous Improvement Tech position (which we have fulfilled), creating a CICS council, quarterly reviews with the board, scheduling tours of other facilities in the area, planning workshops by department, and we have already started with kitting by operation on the Grinder assembly line.

This is a continuous process that will take some time to see results.  In the future, you can expect many benefits from this implementation.

What CICS means to our dealers and farmers:

  • More efficient production resulting in more timely equipment deliveries
  • Improved quality of product with standardized steps
  • Opportunity for extensive plant tours for dealers and farmers alike
  • Enhanced customer service with standardized practices
  • A dependable partner in an equipment manufacturer

We value your feedback as a loyal customer.  If you have any input during this process, please share with us via phone, email, or satisfaction survey: https://goo.gl/forms/lOdcreu9qUYVxjiv1

-Jeff Lalumendre, Art’s Way Director of Manufacturing

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Customer Service Center

 

Art's Way Customer ServiceArt’s Way has opened an all new Customer Service Center to better serve our customers. We have integrated our sales and parts roles so that we have more personnel to answer your calls, emails, and questions. As you can imagine, there are lots of things we are still working on mastering. We ask for patience as we adjust to handling all of this additional information and work toward better meeting your Art’s Way equipment needs.