It was full house at Kisko Products in Woodbridge, where members squeezed in to hear from Randy Josephs, VP of Operations deliver the story of their paper-free journey.
The family owned business since 1977 and now the largest manufacturer of freeze pops in Canada, started this implementation in 2012 with 5 manual production forms. They have now removed 180,000 pages from their facility, the equivalent of 36 cases of paper a year saving $2000 in paper alone annually.
But their story is honest in discussing the challenges they encountered, as well as cost details and of course the positives of this initiative. Our members were interactive during the presentation and had great questions for Randy. Some of the discussion points were;
- Issues encountered
- Technology software used, testing, and associated costs
- Positives of the initiative
- Read/receive reports live
- Account for downtime/quick problem-solving
- Reduced data entry by 1.5 people (no reduction/moved into other areas)
- Knowledge of who is on each line and when
- Instant traceability; mock recall time cut by 50%
- 2015 goals/testing timelines
- Stats & Savings
- Government and Private Funding
- Recycling discussion
- Validation discussion
After a live electronic display online, we then broke into groups and toured the Kisko facility to see the employees using the I-pads in their regular functions. Kisko was fantastic in accomodating different group interests into those departments such as the Maintenance shop and QA Lab.
The presentation is now available under your Members tab of the website. Thank you to Randy and his team at Kisko Products for a fantastic topic and tour. We all left the SIG with valuable information and a cool treat.