CASE Construction Equipment, the global construction equipment brand of CNH Industrial N.V., received a Bronze Level World Class Manufacturing (WCM) certification for its excavator plant in San Mauro, Italy. CASE manufactures, sells and supports a full line of construction equipment around the world. This portfolio includes loader/backhoes, excavators, motor graders, wheel loaders, vibratory compaction rollers, crawler dozers, skid steers, compact track loaders and rough-terrain forklifts.
WCM is one of the global manufacturing industry’s highest standards for the integrated management of manufacturing plants and processes. It is a pillar-structured system based on continuous improvement, designed to eliminate waste and loss from the production process by identifying objectives such as zero injuries, zero defects, zero breakdowns and zero waste.
The San Mauro site most recently underwent an extensive redevelopment project to bring EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region excavator production under one roof. Today, the site manufactures crawler excavators, wheeled excavators and mini-excavators destined for various global markets in EMEA, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America. With the recent developments, San Mauro boasts greater flexibility in responding to customer needs and observing specific customization requirements.
Motivations behind the site’s bronze level win include its adoption of key WCM Pillars such as Focused Improvement, which ensures the implementation of projects to reduce and eliminate losses at the site in terms of productivity and material. The plant further demonstrated strengths in a number of Managerial Pillars within the WCM program, including Clarity of Objective and the Allocation of Highly Qualified People.
CNH Industrial has 61 plants around the world involved in WCM, now totaling 12 silver and 22 bronze level designations. The widespread use of WCM principles at CNH Industrial manufacturing facilities allows the entire company, totaling some 64,000 employees across 180 countries, to share a common culture based on efficient processes and on a language universally recognized across all plants and countries in which CNH Industrial operates.