A local customer experienced lower paint line throughput and higher raw material costs. Paint buildup caused mis-directed paint and difficulty loading raw material through its paint line. However, no local burn off sources were available. The customer was compelled to send paint racks out for burn hundreds of miles away, necessitating turn around times as long as three days-not sustainable in today's JIT environment.At the customer's request, Arete developed and implemented a local burnoff and pickling process. What happened?Lead times reduced from three days to eight to twelve hours.Reduced inventories.Improved paint line throughput.Lower quality rejection rates.Greater response to customer requirements.Cost saves of hundred of thousands of dollars due to reduced paint consumption.