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CC APEX Improves Ergonomic Performance and Operational Efficiency for Tier 1 Automotive Manufacturer

Tenneco

This case study provides a detailed overview of the client's challenges, the collaborative solution provided by Caster Connection, and the resulting benefits and outcomes. It underscores the shared effort taken to address Tenneco's unique requirements and the potential for future expansion and innovation in caster solutions.

Client Background

Tenneco, a prominent manufacturer of gas-powered engine components, grappled with unique challenges at its Nebraska facility. The use of phenolic casters led to issues such as debris accumulation, floor damage, and ergonomic strain, necessitating a solution that could enhance operational efficiency and workplace safety.

Client Needs

  • Address ergonomic issues caused by manual handling of carts.
  • Resolve problems related to debris retention, particularly metal shavings on the floor.
  • Find a cost-effective solution that ensures long-term durability and performance to prevent downtime.
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Solution Provided By Caster Connection


Through a collaborative effort, Caster Connection and Tenneco identified and implemented a solution tailored to the specific challenges faced by Tenneco. After a comprehensive assessment of Tenneco's needs, Caster Connection recommended the use of 6-inch CC Apex casters, specifically the 6 x 2 kingpinless extended lead with matching rigid casters. These casters, with their superior durability, ergonomic design, and debris resistance, were a perfect fit for Tenneco's manufacturing environment.

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Implementation Process

  • Caster Connection conducted a CC CHAT (Caster Health Assessment Tool) session to assess Tenneco's needs and challenges.
  • Samples of the recommended casters were sent to Tenneco for evaluation and testing.
  • Following successful testing, Tenneco has adopted the 6-inch CC Apex casters as its standard caster solution for the past five years.
  • Caster Connection provided ongoing support and maintenance to ensure optimal performance and customer satisfaction.
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Results and Benefits

  • Significant push/pull effort reduction, estimated at 25% or more, alleviating ergonomic strain on workers.
  • Improved workplace safety by minimizing debris buildup and floor damage, enhancing overall operational efficiency.
  • Cost-effective solution with long-term durability, reducing maintenance costs and downtime.
  • Enhanced reliability and performance, contributing to Tenneco's commitment to quality and productivity.


Conclusion

Through collaboration with Caster Connection, Tenneco successfully addressed ergonomic challenges and improved operational efficiency in their manufacturing facility. By adopting durable and ergonomic caster solutions, Tenneco enhanced workplace safety, reduced maintenance costs, and optimized productivity. This case study highlights the importance of customized solutions tailored to the specific needs of industrial environments, driving positive outcomes for businesses and their workforce.

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