Striping Truck Utilization Project

Event Date: October 25, 2013
Greenfield Truck
Top Photo: Modified Greenfield Truck Bottom Photos: Before and After Process of Loading Paint
Crawfordsville Truck
Modified Crawfordsville Truck
Modified Crawfordsville Truck Painting
Crawfordsville truck painting SR 42 between US 231 in Cloverdale to Poland, IN
Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
Prior to 2013, INDOT operated two paint trucks per district (one edge line truck and one center line truck). The Greenfield and Crawfordsville districts were chosen to develop and test ideas to enable the transition to painting with just one truck per district.

Teams from both districts, including paint truck drivers, painters and managers, participated in a series of Value Stream Mapping (VSM) sessions facilitated by Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP).  The Value Stream Maps were then used to identify opportunities to improve painting operations. 

These improvement ideas included both process changes and physical alterations to existing paint trucks.  Each district created and then followed an action plan that allowed them to test the ideas during the second half of the 2013 and first half of the 2014 paint season. Although the Crawfordsville and Greenfield districts implemented different approaches, both were able to complete all of their scheduled lane miles during the season with just one truck each.

SPR-3722; L. David Snow, James Handy, Principal Investigators