Off the Ladder and Out of the Suits
Before SpanTrack Bed and the deli doors, workers had to wear cold suits all day. They had to climb up and down ladders to pick SKUs, and they had to work around forklifts and push carts. “Now, we have a safer and more comfortable environment for our pickers,” says Brown. The plant has also significantly reduced costs. Fewer pickers are needed at the plant because of productivity improvements, and plant hours have reduced from 12-hour to 8-hour shifts.
Brown says the redesign of the Maryland plant was a major undertaking. “SpanTrack Bed was just one piece of a huge transformation for the plant. But it was the piece that brought everything together.”
Costa adds that the redesign sets the stage for future growth. “Thermo Fisher is known for its innovative solutions. The Maryland plant must have built-in flexibility to accommodate the company’s ever-growing product mix. SpanTrack Bed offers that flexibility.”