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Ankrom also schedules blocked time for preventive
and predictive maintenance. Serviceability is a key
best practice.
"A small example is where motors were originally
installed," he said. "I have difficulty getting into them
to service them. There is no reason for them to live in
such an environment. So I relocated them so they are
raised to eye level and you don't have to lay on your
back to perform the maintenance."
Planning and strategizing is also a big part of the
overall atmosphere.
"You usually can't just dive right into it," Ankrom
said. "We like to spend a little time thinking about
creative ways we can make it better and more efficient.
Another thing is consistency. The idea of making
everything in the house the same is so easy. Instead
of having multiple kinds of motors we just have one
kind. This way, I can have the same brand of replacement parts throughout the house. If one machine goes
down, you can take that product line off and put it on
a different machine. And we document everything so
we have a detailed history of repairs."
While it remains a family-owned company, Kreinik
Manufacturing has changed significantly since its
humble beginnings. It now produces many thread col-

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ors and sizes and distributes its products worldwide. It
even provided the metallic threads for Queen Cersei's
gown in the opening scene of Season 7, Episode 1, of
the Game of Thrones television series.
With a small facility that produces large quantities
of product, reliability remains the core of the company's operations.
"We must make sure that we continue to make
things simpler and better," Doug Kreinik concluded.
"I come from a creative and imaginative background,
and so does Martin. I might not understand everything, but I ask questions. And each day we use creative ideas and forward thinking to make things more
efficient and more reliable." EP

Above left. Kreinik's
maintenance engineer
Martin Ankrom rebuilds
antique machinery to
simplify it and improve
efficiency.
Above. A Kreinik machinist produces color cards.

Michelle Segrest is president of Navigate Content
Inc. and has been a professional journalist for
28 years. She specializes in creating content
for the processing industries and has toured
manufacturing facilities in 52 cities in six
countries on three continents. If your facility
has an interesting efficiency, maintenance, and/
or reliability story to tell, please contact her at
michelle@navigatecontent.com.

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