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Commercial | FABCON PRECAST
is fine-tuning its preplanning
process to ensure project managers
have what they need earlier.
how much better their performance has
been, but they actually are overachieving,"
Durant notes. "They don't feel like they are
working harder or faster because they can
keep working and don't have to waste time
looking for tools or support they need. They
have the resources they need at any time."
Change In Process
Fabcon's strategic approach to doubling
its panel setting rates involves the entire
company. The company will continue to
fine-tune its preplanning process to ensure
project managers are getting more information and equipment to each project earlier.
"Trucks, delivery and everything coming
on time has a lot to do with preplanning,"
Field Superintendent Jeremy Jimenez
says. "Also knowing how long it takes to do
each thing has helped us and got the right
equipment on the job. Every time the crane
wasn't swinging we looked at why and it
was because someone was waiting on this
or that or not prepared ahead of time."
The key to increasing panel setting
rates is ensuring everything is at the field
crews' fingertips. "The guys thought they
could never get this many done and that
28 panels was a good number, but with the
same amount of guys and equipment onsite
and waiting, they increased to 34 panels,"
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As the cultural mindset shifts into
continuous improvement, Jimenez says
watching the field crews' movement
onsite looks almost synchronized. "One
guy wasn't always doing one job at the
bottom," he explains. "Everyone jumped
to the spot that needed to be attended to
and there wasn't much communication required. They know what needs to be done
and the crane was constantly moving. It
was a fluid thing and they know each oth-
er's positions and their time on the crane.
It was smoother."
Moving forward, Fabcon will continue to
analyze its panel setting rate and set new
goals. "We are going to keep working and
fine tuning," Durant says. "We have made
huge strides in the past six to 12 months
and got further than we thought. Right now
we are just doing the little things without a
massive overhaul of our process and I think
we got further than anticipated."