Eastman Kodak Company, based in New Rochelle, New York, has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2001, and has received the Partner of the Year award three times for its leadership in energy management. The company is a leader in the creation and use of images in the photography, health and commercial markets. Not only does the company succeed in managing energy in its worldwide operations, but Eastman Kodak sells a variety of ENERGY STAR products, earning the company recognition from the EPA and others in the environmental and business communities.
Industrial Partner Since 2001
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Eastman Kodak Company
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Rochester, NY 14650
Eastman Kodak - Applying Kaizen to Energy Management
Like many manufacturing organizations, Eastman Kodak (Kodak) has developed a strong quality management program and culture. Kodak's energy office draws from its organizational resources to identify and develop action plans for critical energy projects.
To develop these plans, the Kodak energy office conducts Kaizen Events. Kai means "change" and Zen means "better" and a Kaizen event combines a quick technical assessment with brainstorming to develop a better product or solution. The energy Kaizen Events bring together a mix of Kodak employees from an operating area as well as someone from outside that department. This multifunctional team then meets several times with the goal of developing a low to no capital cost energy efficiency solution.
The Kaizen planning process has lead to the development of new solutions and has ensured the support of non-energy management personnel. At its largest U.S. facility, Kodak's energy office estimates that Kaizen Events helped uncover $2.5 million in energy savings.