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Inteplast Group

setting, and positive reinforcement is
so important.
"On the other hand," Young says,
"Continuous Improvement Management is the understanding that nothing happens overnight.
"You cannot settle on the status
quo or sit on your laurels," he says.
"There is a continuous, endless process of improvement that we have to
undergo in order to set the bar higher and higher. You do that in steps by
area. It is an extremely important aspect of our management."
Every year Inteplast Group holds
an intercompany Manufacturing Conference and Exposition with all of its
products on display. It is an opportunity for company engineers, supervisors,
senior technicians and other staff, to
not only share product attributes, but
to explain through presentations the
improvements that were made in the
products or their manufacturing processes as compared to the previous
year. It is an excellent example of CIM
in action and the results are prolific.
With reference to the exposition,
Young says, "Continuous improvement is totally built into our process.
We believe in it so much that we highlight it this way and we give improvement awards, often to recipients who
work on the plant floor. We gave over
a thousand awards last year to recognize significant improvements. It is all
about recognizing and acknowledging
one's colleagues for a job well done."
He adds, "After all, the greatest
motivation in life is positive reinforcement, and all the systems, metrics, procedures and training that we
have in place are merely to facilitate
our employees' success and for us
to praise them where credit is due.
Rather than seeing manufacturing
as a chain of 'weak links,' we ought
to change our mindset to see the

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inteplast group is a
leading manufacturer of
can liners for industrial,
commercial and private
label markets.

strength and talent in each one of us.
How to garner and enhance such talents is the key challenge that we as
managers must face every day."

Looking Ahead
From the very beginning, Inteplast
has concentrated on sustainability
with reclaim lines for scrap that is reused or sold, a robust company-wide
recycling program and other initiatives that reduce energy, water and
raw material usage. From a manufacturing standpoint tests are conducted, accounting for all raw materials
before they enter the production process and afterward.
Production yield is calculated by
the finished product quantity and
scrap amount. In general, lead engineers report about 97 to 99 percent of
production yield, depending on product types - meaning there is not much
waste of raw material. The company is

producing thinner, stronger films that
use fewer raw materials as well.
The future holds much more to
come from Inteplast in this area,
Young says, especially in the area of
recycling and products made from
post-consumer waste and sustainable
packaging. New initiatives, partnerships and products are underway.
"As an organization, we need to
contribute our share in terms of ecological responsibility," he says. "Due
to our need as an organization to survive economically, we can embark on
this mission by taking one theme and
one product at a time but with a larger
blueprint in mind."
That sounds like a huge, long-term
task. But then again, both Inteplast
Group and Dr. John Young are familiar with taking on enormous tasks
and succeeding far beyond the scope
of initial goals, one measured step at
a time. mt
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