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Building the Workforce of Tomorrow
DENSO is proud to support and employ U.S. veterans at every level of our operations. Recently, DMTN associates and Army veterans Bob Booker, Chad Smith and Jimmy Parsley visited our nation’s capitol. Accompanied by members of the DENSO Government Affairs team, they visited Congressional Representatives and attended the Here for America Drive In event. Here for America, an initiative of the Association of Global Automakers, educates policy makers and the public about the benefits of investments made by international automakers and suppliers in the United States. Learn more about the organization here.
Associates in the Consolidated Warehouse (CWH) were recognized for delivering perfect quality last week. The team has surpassed a year with no A or B Rank delivery issues to the customer. And the trend has continued.
More recently, associates increased inspection has caught several quality issues before delivery, including wrong parts, broken parts and damaged packaging.
CWH is the “last line of defense before DENSO products are delivered to the customer,” explained Section Leader Nathan McCollom. “I’m proud to see these associates striving for perfect quality every day.”
As DENSO drives toward the future of mobility, quality expectations will become even higher. Remember:
We loved seeing all of you with your families at Family Day! Fortunately, the weather cooperated enough for us to have a wonderful evening full of baseball, food, fun and fireworks! We had over 4,200 people attend.
A photo gallery is available on the DMTN Connection, which is accessible from any DMTN computer. If you would like to request high-res versions of any of the photos, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
– This event is rain or shine! Umbrellas and ponchos are allowed, and there are covered areas inside the stadium – like these:
– Rainout Policy – In the event that 4.5 innings are not played due to weather, that night’s ticket can be used towards the purchase of any future 2019 home game at Smokies Stadium. Associates need to keep their DENSO tickets and either call the box office or visit the box office in person to exchange their ticket(s).
– Gates open at 5:00 PM – make sure you and your family members grab your souvenir, compliments of DENSO!
– Buffets will open at 5:00 PM.
– The national anthem will commence shortly after 6:30 PM, and the game starts at 7:00 PM.
– Fireworks show will be after the game.
– Both of the Calhoun’s buffets are covered (Calhoun’s at the Yard in the Left Outfield and Hoffman Patio in the Right Outfield). There are many 4 person tables with umbrellas past the outfield around the buffet areas.
– Make sure you stop by the photo booth and get your FREE family photo!
– Designated smoking is located outside the stadium. Show your ticket as you exit and re-enter the front gates.
– All bags, purses and other containers may be searched upon entry into stadium. Southern League rules prohibit the entry of any outside food and/or drink into the stadium. Items such as, but not limited to, noisemakers, beach balls, weapons, laser pointers, coolers, stadium chairs (with legs) are also not permitted inside Smokies Park.
– If you or any family members want to participate in the Smokies games, you can sign up with a Smokies Rally Crew Team Member at the Entry Gate or at Fan Assistance.
– Address to Smokies Stadium: 3540 Line Drive, Kodak, TN 37764
If you have additional questions, check out the Smokies FAQ page.
IF YOU PREVIOUSLY SIGNED UP FOR FAMILY DAY, BUT ARE REQUIRED TO WORK:
COC’s should e-mail Melissa Burns or Molly Knouff with the names of team members who required to work during Family Day.
6 AM – 9 AM & 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM on the following days:
– Monday – 6/3: Plant 203/204 (203 Shoe Lobby)
– Tuesday – 6/4: Plant 201
– Wednesday – 6/5: Plant 202
– Thursday – 6/6: Plant 101,102 (101 Associate Entrance)
*MT Division: Pick-up from Kelly Sexton
*Plant 302: Leaders will pass out tickets
*Plant 301, 301b, 105: Pick up from 101 Receptionist Desk
*Please RSVP to Melissa Burns (x2533) or Molly Knouff (x2119) by phone or e-mail with the following information: Are you coming? If so, what is the total number of attendees, including yourself?
QC Team – Chuck Davis & the Chamber of Acuras:
QC Team – Turning Point:
101 associates know all too well the effects of temperature shifts, especially during the summer. This past year that changed, as Facilities Engineering installed a global DENSO first, a Chiller Plant with Ice Supplement (Ice Plant).
Since 25-year old air handling equipment was in need of replacement, an opportunity to lower energy costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions presented itself. An Ice Plant does just that by taking advantage of peak demand times. The plant utilizes 17 ice tanks that fill at night when the chillers lower their set point to make ice in the tanks, occurring at night when it is cooler. Then, during high temperature times of the day, the chilled water is circulated into the ice tanks cooling it instead of using a chiller. The chilled water is then circulated into Building 101 to the air handlers delivering cool air and keeping a consistent temperature of 78 degrees.
“This is a win-win for DMTN, associates and the environment,” said Ryan Miles, Facilities Engineering . “The work environment is safer and more comfortable for associates.”
The new Ice Plant has been benchmarked across DENSO North America, from other companies, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. It saves $500,000 annually in energy costs and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 18,000 tons a year. Additionally, it eliminated ozone depleting cooling chemicals used in traditional systems and 66 percent of the fans on the production floor have been removed.
With the heat going up, a unique approach to chilling the air has provided a better work climate for associates and the environment.
In 2017, 5,147 construction workers lost their lives on the job in the United States (BLS.gov). Over the past couple of years, DMTN Safety and Health – in harmony with the Facilities Engineering department – has been improving contractor construction safety on campus, leading to some impressive results.
With more than 200 contract personnel on site each day and the rapid expansion DMTN has seen for the past couple of years, a dedicated safety specialist was needed to enhance the contractor safety program. Safety and Health Senior Specialist Gregory Baker has filled that gap. For the past few years, Baker has been working closely with construction contractors auditing their safety performance, which has helped them reevaluate their safety training and enforcement.
Facilities Engineering has also enhanced their safety reviews and education development in the last year, reinforcing the success of the program. Manager Eric Fields and DNJP Coordinator Jun Sakai have spearheaded the development of DENSO project leader’s safety knowledge through better organization of construction safety education. As a result, project leaders can hold contractors more responsible for their safety.
“The contracting companies are much more engaged and involved,” said Baker. “We coach them and hold them extremely accountable for their actions and their awareness of safety while operating on campus. As a result, contractors place a much higher importance on safety at DMTN.”
The results are impressive; three major expansion projects completed with zero major injuries, recognition as a best practice program within North America SHE and improved safety engagement with our contracting companies. It’s a true example of how by working together, we keep a safety mindset a top priority.
When taking a vacation flight out of Knoxville, you most likely connect to a hub – such as Atlanta or Detroit. In the shipping industry, especially at DENSO, those hubs are known as cross docks.
The DENSO North America Integrated Logistics (NAIL) team has been working diligently to develop a streamlined approach for shipping parts to and from DENSO locations.
“NAIL ships more than 30,000 pallets per week to 30 DENSO locations across the continent,” said Joe Morgan, NAIL Section Leader. “When you consider the number of trucks, the miles they drive and quick turnaround our company requires, we need to continually improve the process.”
One solution has been to add cross docks to five locations in the United States and one in Mexico (soon to be two). One of the cross docks is right here in Maryville, Tennessee.
From suppliers, parts are shipped to a cross dock near their final destination. From there, parts are grouped by final destination and consolidated onto truck(s) for delivery. The Maryville cross dock delivers nearly 2,000 pallets to DMTN each week, all consolidated and on time.
By implementing cross docks, parts and products flow efficiently in and out to their final destinations. With more than 600 shipping suppliers utilizing the network, without cross docks, costs would be off the map and logistics would be unmanageable.
“We’re seeing a costs savings to DENSO of more than $5 million annually with the cross dock formula,” said Morgan. “And plans are in place for technology upgrades to increase the savings even more”.
NAIL CROSS DOCK LOCATIONS:
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.”
Body Electronics is making the move to double their fun, as the transition from single lane lines to dual lane lines has begun. In sub assembly, this means creating parts nearly one and a half times faster, improving efficiency and reliability and a cleaner work environment.
“After working eight years on a single lane, these are much more efficient,” said production associate Joey Atchley. “We produce better quality, satisfy our customers and work more efficiently.”
Maintenance time is less and there is greater flexibility for product changes. The new dual lane lines will become common place as older lanes are replaced and new products continue to expand DMTN for the future.