How to eliminate waste by making the most of all employee ideas
Since 2005, ICT Poland has been adopting principles and methods developed within the area of Lean Manufacturing. An effective image of the Lean Manufacturing philosophy is represented by a temple open to everyone, the components of which are described below
Together, we are able to achieve more: teams play a crucial role in the improvement process. When we act alone, we are unable to match the quantity and quality of ideas that can be generated by a team.
The 5S come from five Japanese words that start with the letter S and refer to an integrated view of the workstation organisation:
1S – separate the useful things from the needless things and manage the latter
2S – visually arrange the necessary elements so that they can all be found at all times and be put in their assigned places
3S – keep your workplace tidy in order to identify new problems
4S – define the standards for the systematic implementation of the first three Ss.
5S – continuously improve, increasing the level of complexity
- SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Die)
Teamwork cuts down on machine downtime for size changes since it optimises the work to be done and establishes the operators’ work standard.
- TPM- Total Productive Maintenance
The aim of TPM is to make improvements in system maintenance so as to have zero accidents in the workplace, zero machine faults and zero production shortcomings. This allows operators and maintenance workers to focus on system improvement activities, instead of having to spend time managing problems along the way.
- Skill Matrix - matrix of employee skills
The Skill Matrix is a tool for encouraging the growth of human resources and for planning the training courses needed to achieve specific skill levels as well as high and constant performance during all work shifts.
The integrated management QES System, “Quality, Environment and Safety”, conforming to standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, IFS PC, supplements the Lean Manufacturing system of ICT Poland. The synergy between QES and 5S is a guarantee for continuous improvement.
For some time now, the Lean Manufacturing system has been integrated into all the converting production units of ICT Group.