JBT’s Lakeland, Florida facility has received ISO (International Organization for Standardization) accreditation; a step which is aimed at helping achieve the objective of continuous improvement in Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost and becoming a truly Lean Enterprise.
Operations Director Julio Izzo says the idea behind the implementation was one of improving and standardizing JBT’s processes, procedures and working structures at the Florida plant to boost the site’s competitive advantage, increase flexibility and lower internal costs.
“It’s a cultural transformation for our Lakeland site to best-in-class in terms of facility, equipment, processes and communication,” says Izzo. While he acknowledges that the internal business results are just as significant as the external benefits which drive customer satisfaction, Izzo says the focus is on having state-of-the-art processes in place that enable know-how to be used effectively across JBT.
The Lakeland manufacturing plant was also granted ASME certification in 2017, allowing JBT to add the ASME ‘U’ stamp to products built in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.