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FACT 2013

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❲ IMPROVING EFFICIENCY ❳ Relocate the Tire Storage Cage Closer to the Parts Room ■ Plan: Te placement of the tire storage cage at the Wake County, N.C. feet facility had long been the cause of inefciencies. With the parts room in the front of the large building and the tire storage area in the back, the parts manager had to continually run back and forth to get tires as part of his duties. When it was time to replace the facility's inground lifs, Tomas Kuryla, director of feet operations, decided to also move tire storage to the front of the building, near the parts room, in order to improve shop efciency. ■ Execution: Te feet has a 28,000-lb. drive-up lif near the entrance that takes up the space of three bays. Since this is hardly used, Kuryla plans to donate the lif to a joint local school and community college project and put the tire cage and tire mounting and balancing equipment in its place. He said the few jobs that need such a large lif will be outsourced. In the empty space of the tire storage cage, Kuryla plans to create three service bays for upftters of emergency equipment. Tese technicians are currently working out of a secondary maintenance shop on the same property. Tis move will allow feet maintenance to consolidate and allow those technicians and the supervisor to work out of the main shop rather than running between the two to get parts. As of August, Kuryla was looking at the frst round of architectural designs. Te design will then go back to the architect for any changes, then be put to bid. If everything goes according to schedule, the restructured shop could be ready for use in six months to one year, Kuryla said. ■ Challenges: As with any project, the challenges of this one are budget and maintaining operations. Even if the project goes through, the costs have to be reasonable for it to be approved. Kuryla said one reason for doing it now is to time it with the vehicle lif replacements in order to lower costs. Fleet staf checks the vehicles, sources the parts needed for repair through NAPA, and sends them to the separate schools. When the vehicle comes back a day or two later, a technician does a quality check before releasing it back to the user department. ■ Challenges: Te biggest challenge so far is the delay in delivering the vehicle to the school and getting it back, Corum said. Te feet is using non-billable staf for delivery. ■ Results: Te program frees up technician time for other repairs, reducing downtime for more critical vehicles. Te feet doesn't charge user departments for labor time on these vehicles, which reduces their bills. Corum said he expects $100,000 in labor cost savings in the frst year. The tire cage at the Wake County, N.C., feet facility is located in an inconvenient location. By moving it closer to the parts room, the feet will improve effciency on the shop foor. Once the project begins, Kuryla will have to ensure normal operations are uninterrupted while construction impacts a large percent of the feet area. ■ Expected Results: With this change, Kuryla expects to improve facility efciency, especially that of the parts manager. Consolidation of the two shops will also improve communication and enhance workfow of the staf members in the secondary facility as they will no longer have to go to the main facility for parts. ■ Advice: "Work with your staf who are afected by the change," Kuryla said. "A project will be successful when you partner with your entire team for input. Teir buy-in is essential." SOURCES: ● Thomas Kuryla, director of fleet operations, Wake County, N.C. E-mail: As for the school, "the big thing for them is they get newer vehicles," Corum said. Afer the dealerships stopped providing vehicles, students began working on older vehicles, which have much diferent technology from newer vehicles. ■ Advice: To start a similar program, get in contact with someone in the automotive program at the school district, get buy-in from the administrative authority, and make sure user departments approve of the program, Corum said. For police vehicles, specify that no frontline patrol cars can be sent to students. SOURCE: ● Wayne Corum, Equipment Services Department director, City of Fort Worth, Texas E-mail: SEPTEMBER 2013 I GOVERNMENT FLEET 29

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