Discussion in 'UPS Partners' started by biggaboy, Aug 31, 2012.
Whats the best way to run a PD ?
Left to right.
What's a PD? I have PFD's. Buckle in the front before water-skiing.
Step 1: Talk with your HVDs and LVD pickoffs; they are the eye's of the PD and can make or break a belt; think of the pickoff as your quarterback. A good pickoff will always communicate with the part-time supervisor, full-time supervisor and the loaders, communicating flows, jams, straight shots (that are not identified in the sort aisle), etc.
Step 2: Understand the flow characteristics of the PD! What destination flows heavy at the start, middle and end of sorts? Talk with your IE group about identifying the inbound loads that affect your area.
Step 3: Train your loaders with the proper work methods. Proper methods used will make the job more efficient for your loaders, especially the new ones. Stress using the LOAD STAND and work on load quality.
Step 4: Move the people to the work. If a destination is running hard and the loader needs some help, pull someone out of a destination that is not running heavy. This is a simple concept that many new part time sups fail to grasp--they want to "dig in" and help the loader, but that is not their job and moving employees to the hot spots also builds the "team" concepts.
Step 5: Challenge your PD to have the best misload frequency/load quality scores, fewest damages/etc in the building. Engage your employees and come up with a rewarding strategy (you would be amazed how far a "good job" goes).
This pretty much sums it all up. Of course, all PD's run differently. One strategy might work great for PD 1, but PD 2 might be a whole different ball game. Knowing your employee's strengths help a lot. You're not going to put your slowest loader in your heaviest load.
Also, too many packages riding to your LVD will sink a belt in no time. Its crucial you have strong picks on the HVD that are going to keep a majority of the volume up top.
And be sure to make sure jams are moving at all times. A lot of times if theres a jam, the loaders wont see it. Then the load backs up. Then your picks start to let everything ride, thus sinking your belt.
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