Manufacturer of starters, alternators, instrument clusters, safety components, and various automotive electronic products and inverters for hybrid vehicles
DENSO Associates Volunteer for Our Community
On July 31, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Jeff McCord visited Plants 203 and 204. Joined by various community leaders, Dr. McCord is the first member of Governor Lee’s newly appointed staff to visit DMTN.
“This is a great community, and DENSO is a company with high purpose,” said Dr. McCord as he addressed the group of community members and DENSO leaders. “You’ve been here for 30 years – the quality and safety that you demand along with the excellence that you have to have in order to compete permeates your community; and I thank DENSO for that.”
Commissioner cCord pledged to continue workforce development programs during his term. The group ended their visit with a tour of production lines in 203 and 204.
DMTN hosted more than 20 tnAchieves students at Electronic Products 202 last week. The group learned about DENSO, toured our facility and met representatives from engineering, maintenance, production and logistics. Here’s hoping they come back to DENSO when they enter the workforce!
tnAchieves is a partner organization to the Tennessee Promise Scholarship and aims to increase higher education opportunities for Tennessee high school students with mentor guidance. To learn more about becoming a mentor, visit tnachieves.org.
With 28 DENSO affiliates across North America, there isn’t any challenge that can’t be overcome. Recently, our Athens sister plant reached out for a helping hand with a center core manufacturing machine and DMTN was all too willing to assist.
“We had a machine that we were struggling to get back to a stable running condition,” said Jack Phillips, DMAT ECC Maintenance Manager. “James had extensive experience on the machine and we knew he could figure it out.”
James Whaley, 203 Production Maintenance, spent 16 years at DMAT. Whaley traveled to Athens, spent three days repairing the machine and also provided on-the-job training for DMAT associates.
“Many of the associates I worked with before on this machine had moved to other areas of the plant, so it was great to see some familiar faces and also help out another DENSO facility,” said Whaley.
“We share parts and equipment all the time with other affiliates,” said Terry Gardner, 203 Production Maintenance Section Leader. “This was the first time we’ve shared skills and knowledge, so it’s rewarding.”
The experience and skill set of all DENSO associates contribute to a more successful company. Working across affiliates is proof of that.
Associate safety is a top priority for DMTN. As part of the Body Electronics expansion in Building 204, pedestrian safe walkways were built into the design.
Over the past couple of weeks, new green walkways began being striped in Building 203 and 204.
“With the new safety routes, associates will see a clear path to walk and can stay clear of mobile equipment,” said Senior Specialist Erik Ramsey, Safety, Health and Environment.
New technology – such as automated guided vehicles – will make staying on segregated walkways even more important for the future.
“Technology is growing rapidly and we must stay safe,” said Senior Vice President Chuntao Ye. “No matter where you are on campus, safe walkways will look the same to reduce confusion and reinforce safe working habits, which are critical.”
The next step will connect Building 203 and 204 walkways with Logistics and Building 302.
Congratulations to the Consolidated Warehouse (CWH) team for earning first place for NA Production Control in 2018. Associates reduced the number of critical scan errors by 72 percent last year, increasing their scanning accuracy to 99.98 percent.
“This is a great accomplishment by all these associates,” said Brad Harris, CWH Team Leader. “It takes a lot of effort to make sure parts are scanned and shipped out accurately, which keeps our customers happy.”
CWH will mark the occasion with a celebratory lunch and create a trophy case to display this and future awards.
“To sum it up, it was all about teamwork, “ said Julie Watson, CWH Logistics Member. “Everyone did their part to achieve this as a team.”
DMTN’s latest team of apprentices has wrapped up their two year training period. Their final step in the Technical Skills Trades Program (TSTP) Apprenticeship is a year of on-the-job training – but before they can do that, they had to complete a successful Special Team Project.
Three weeks ago, the team was given a frame and electrical cabinet from an old machine. Their task? Build a working baseball game pinball machine that weighs less than 1,500 pounds and can fit through a double door – all for under $1,000.
The team got to work right away. “We started every morning by writing our goals for the day on a board,” said apprentice Brent Stafford. “Our biggest challenge was the scoreboard. That took all of us working together to figure it out.”
Collaboration was essential, according to Technical Training Advanced Specialist Jody Freeman. “Not only do we want them to know how to work on our machines safely, but they need to be able to work together as a team,” said Freeman.
The team was able to present their pinball machine – complete with working scoreboard – to leaders last week. All under budget at $465. During the presentation, apprentice Shaun Joyce emphasized how this project helped him. “This really helped me learn more advanced functions and get hands on experience with device-net,” said Joyce.
It’s safe to say everyone is happy with the end result. “You keep hearing about the Special Team Project, like it’s your right of passage. We wanted ours to be memorable and we’re proud of it,“ said Stafford.
The five apprentices will now head to the floor for a year of on-the-job training. The next groups of TSTP apprentices will complete their Special Team Projects in April and May.
For a year and a half, there has been a coordinated effort to transition DENSO associates from our Vista, California (DWAM) location to Maryville. The facility announced closure July 2017 to improve overall competitiveness and consolidate operations in North America.
As part of the transition, 31 associates have relocated to DMTN, bringing more than 215 years of experience and commitment to DENSO.
“This group of associates truly exemplifies the DENSO spirit,” said David Byrum, DMTN Director and former President of DWAM. “Since the announcement in 2017 to closure last year, they worked with impressive achievements- including zero defects, perfect delivery and an accident free workplace. Those transitioning here to DMTN will make great members of our family.”
In addition to the associates transferring to DMTN, six product groups and eight lines have also been relocated. DWAM associates have spread across campus, including Electrification Systems, Body Electronics, Logistics and Corporate Services.
“Leaving California was scary and not easy,” said Melda Morano, Body Electronics. “I learned a lot of skills at DWAM and am confident we can help DMTN succeed in the future.”
Electronic Product’s Jesse Mandel agrees. “It’s great to see our experience benefiting this location. The equipment may be the same, but the different perspective and experience the DWAM associates bring can only help DMTN succeed.”
Let’s officially welcome the DWAM associates to the DMTN team!
In a special visit to Tennessee, Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, made a stop at DMTN to learn about the business, tour various areas across campus and see how the automotive market is shifting to become safer, more connected and autonomous.
During his visit, Ambassador Sugiyama visited the Electric Hybrid Vehicle (EHV) department to see how electrification is changing the way vehicles are powered. He then toured the Consolidated Warehouse (CWH), took a moment to autograph one of the first parts at Global Safety Package and saw how Body Electronics are improving efficiencies in the automotive market.
During a wrap up meeting with DMTN leaders, Ambassador Sugiyama was “extremely happy with the visit and excited to learn more about DENSO and Tennessee.”
Ambassador Sugiyama was impressed with the speed of development at DENSO and the global collaboration between the two countries.
“From now on, I’m going to tell everyone how Japan and the United States are doing some really fantastic things at DENSO.”
More than 400 DENSO associates converged in Detroit, Michigan last week for the first-ever New Year Ceremony hosted from North America. During the event, Global President Koji Arima talked about DENSO’s second founding, the largest shift in business strategy in the company’s 70-year history, his vision for DENSO, and expectations for associates.
“DENSO is facing a once in a century paradigm shift in the automotive industry,” said Arima. “This is DENSO’s opportunity to use diverse opinions and talents to craft the future.”
The shift refers to automobiles becoming safer, connected and autonomous.
Arima asked all associates to Think Things Through, Get Things Done and Come Together to drive DENSO to that future. The market shift will open many opportunities for the company and each and every associate has a role to play.
Associates across the globe were invited to hear the message in person, including 30 from DMTN. The group, some having never met, got to know one another, toured Detroit attractions and will share President Arima’s message at Tennessee. In addition, the presentation was heard live locally at various areas around campus.
Full video of President Arima’s speech below. (approximate time: 30 minutes)
“President Arima’s message was very clear. Every associate has worked hard to get where we are and must continue their dedication to propel DENSO into the future.” – Kate Watts, 101
“Associates around the world contribute to the automotive industry. We must keep the DENSO spirit alive in our everyday work to achieve success.” – Yabsira Korra, 202
To view the full photo gallery, copy and paste this link into your browser (must be accessed from a DMTN computer): file://101-gsdepts/prc-share/Photo_Galleries/2019_DENSO_New_Year/index.html
Children were eager to bring family members back to their local Boys & Girls Club for another delicious holiday meal, thanks to DMTN! We appreciate all of our volunteers who served the meal, which included ham, turkey, all the trimmings, and a huge selection of desserts!
For the fourth year in a row, DENSO will have a team in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon! We are providing free registration for associates and one guest to participate in the 5K, 4 person relay, half or full marathon races.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: How do I register?
A: Log onto www.RunSignUp.com/CorporateTeams/DENSO and click ‘Join’. Then fill out the remaining information and make sure to click ‘Submit’ on the last page.
Q: Can I be my own guest?
A: No, Associates and their guest may only register once through DENSO.
Q: Do me and my guest have to participate in the same event?
A: No, you and your guest can participate in whichever event you choose.
Q: What if I register but find out later that I can’t make it?
A: No problem! Just let AR know before March 20, 2019 that you cannot make it and your registration will be removed.
*Please note: If you do not notify AR by the above date, you will be responsible for reimbursing DENSO for your registration and your guest’s registration (if applicable).
Q: What date do I need to sign up by to get a Team DENSO shirt?
A: The shirt order will be placed on March 1, 2019 so please have all registrations submitted before then. Additional shirts will not be ordered.
*Please note: You and your guest registration will automatically be pulled from the website. If you have other people that are joining, besides your one guest, please provide their registration to AR by February 28.
Contact: Paige Himes (x2031).
What’s a Mooper Trooper?
MOOP stands for Material Out Of Place. What do you call someone who goes above and beyond to help clean up MOOP? A Mooper Trooper!
The ES Division recently assembled Mooper Troopers to clean up the outside areas of Plant 101. 54 associates volunteered a total of 43.5 hours – collecting a total 106 pounds of trash!
That’s a lot of earplugs, gloves, cigarette butts and other trash that shouldn’t be disposed off around campus. Help keep our workplace clean by using the waste and recycling bins and disposing of cigarette butts properly in the smoke shack receptacles.
We appreciate all of the Mooper Troopers who participated in the clean-up. Now help us continue to keep our campus clean by doing your part!
At DENSO, we’re committed to our communities. That’s why DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee partnered with the Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN) to bring new water bottle stations to three Blount County schools. Now, students at Friendsville, Rockford and Porter elementary schools can easily fill their water bottles in between classes with filtered and chilled water, thanks to TCWN’s Bringing Tap Back program.
Nearly 38 percent of 10—17-year-olds in Tennessee are overweight or obese. In-school water stations increase students’ access to clean drinking water, encouraging them to pick up their water bottle rather than a can of soda, and helping reduce obesity and diabetes. Creating opportunities like this, in the communities where we operate, is all part of DENSO’s mission to create a bright future for generations to come.
Read more about the program in The Daily Times here.