Dresser-Rand business in Olean earns 2016 manufacturing award for operational excellence

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Monday, July 25, 2016 3:05 pm EDT

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"Through the setting of a clear vision and goals, adopting lean practices, gaining input and alignment with personnel, and proper planning, the Olean team  demonstrated the ability to show continued improvement towards the strategic objectives of cycle time improvement for parts and units"

The Olean, New York operation of the Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division, has received the 2016 Manufacturing Award for Operational Excellence, presented by Buffalo Business First business journal. The facility manufactures and tests centrifugal compressor products and gas turbines used in oil and gas production, oil and gas transmission, and refining.

Nominated and selected by an independent panel of judges, the Dresser-Rand business received the award because of its on-time delivery record and efficiency in in parts and compressor unit manufacturing.

“In a very competitive global industry, the Dresser-Rand business maintains the highest degree of excellence year in and year out,” said Jack Connors, Publisher and President of Buffalo Business First.

Based on the strength of its expert workforce and the setting of a clear vision and goals, from 2012 to 2015, the time required to engineer and manufacture a centrifugal compressor rotor at the Olean plant improved 56 percent and compressor assembly time improved 68 percent. Additionally, the time required to engineer and manufacture a centrifugal compressor case improved by 40 percent from 2014 to 2015. The Olean operation was also recognized for its strong record of workplace safety.

“From quality and efficient manufacturing processes to ensuring a culture of safety on the shop floor, the Dresser-Rand business in Olean strives for excellence in all that we do and we are committed to constant improvement. This honor belongs to our outstanding employees, who go the extra mile every day to serve our clients,” said John Stahley, General Manager for the Dresser-Rand business Olean Operations.

In 2014, local managers at the Olean facility implemented principles of operational excellence -- adapted from Larry Fast’s book, “The 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence” -- including safety, workplace organization, quick and accurate transactions, preventative maintenance, product quality, on-time delivery, the posting of easy-to-see key metrics throughout the facility, cycle time and cost improvements, a communications plan, and training.

“Through the setting of a clear vision and goals, adopting lean practices, gaining input and alignment with personnel, and proper planning, the Olean team  demonstrated the ability to show continued improvement towards the strategic objectives of cycle time improvement for parts and units,” said Karen Florschuetz, head of Dresser-Rand Operations Americas.

The Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas (PG), is a leading supplier of mission-critical, high-speed rotating equipment solutions to the worldwide oil, gas, petrochemical, and process industries. As part of the global Siemens family, the Dresser-Rand business offers an equipment portfolio that includes turbo and reciprocating compressors; steam turbines; industrial and aero-derivative gas turbines; high-speed engines; and modular power substations. With the world’s largest installed base, one of the world’s largest technical support and service center networks, and a presence in more than 150 countries worldwide, the Dresser-Rand business delivers local solutions and services on a global scale.

Siemens has more than 4,000 employees in the state of New York in its Power & Gas, Healthcare, Mobility, and Building Technologies Divisions. The Siemens Caring Hands Foundation has been a long-time collaborator in connecting Siemens employees to the community throughout New York State. Through Caring Hands, Siemens employees have not only donated financially to local organizations, but also have contributed their time and talent to many charities including: Habitat for Humanity International Inc., Marc Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Schenectady Inner City Ministry, Special Olympics New York Inc., and school districts throughout the State. 

Siemens is also proud to work with companies across the state, including Greenpac Mill’s Niagara Falls facility, Central New York Oil and Gas Company’s Stagecoach Natural Gas Storage Facility near Owego, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. The company just completed production of 70 advanced technology electric locomotives for AMTRAK’s Northeast Corridor, which runs throughout the state of New York and connects to other major cities from Boston to Washington, D.C. Siemens is working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop microgrid feasibility studies in 17 cities throughout the state to help ensure power reliability, improve resiliency and preserve the environment within each community.  Siemens PLM Software has also provided millions of dollars’ worth of in-kind software grants to New York academic partners to support curriculum and training programs in computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering.

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