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2020 CIP Annual Winners Announced!

The Crest Foods Continuous Improvement Program (CIP) successfully completed its 28th year on July 31, 2020. Thank you to everyone who participated in the program this year! This summer, we were happy to announce that this year’s Grand Prize $1000 Winner is John Messenger from B-Shift Maintenance. John’s idea was to put a relief valve into bar lug dumps, which will release pressure and drain fluid safely. Typically this task causes downtime and wastes fluid. This will ensure that pres- sure can be released without any downtime or food safety and human safety risk. John receives $1000.00 for his sug- gestion. Congratulations, and thank you!

Brian Beckman & John Messenger

Jon Larson, Maintenance C-Shift • Runner Up • $500.00 Jon’s suggestion was to put guards over the transition area between the take-away con- veyor from the Hayssen to the infeed belt on the pouch places on line 86. Also to install e-stops in this area that are easier to get to. This was a great human safety call-out.

Jesse Morris, Production B-Shift & Jerry Maronde, Maintenance B-Shift • Runners Up • $250.00 Each While running some cartons with an X-Ray the cartons would turn and twist getting jammed inside the X-Ray causing significant down time and presenting a safety issue with clearing the jams. The solution was to fab- ricate and install rails that would go through the X-Ray guiding the car- tons through the entire machine. The prototype was implemented and worked well so far. We will modify so that the rails do not interfere with the function of the machine, but overall the solution has improved the function of the machine and mitigated an employee safety hazard.

Jon Larson

Jesse Morris & Jerry Maronde

Randy Otten, Sanitation A-Shift • Runner Up • $250.00 Randy’s idea was to make a portable roller for the cereal line large belts. Currently, dirty belts are rolled off onto pallets, then pulled off onto the washbay floor to be washed, then rolled back onto the pallet to be dried by a fan. This is very labor inten- sive and time consuming for Sanitation. Randy’s idea would be a time-saver, and would help keep equipment clean. Ultimately it would make a very difficult job much easier. Once our Machine Shop has a little extra time, we will get this made and try it out!

Randy Otten

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