Volume 1 / Issue 9 / July 18, 2016
Worthy tips for improvement
A letter to Gary Kerr’s NWLean eLetter in Australia
“I work in a Canadian GM/Suzuki Auto plant leading the Industrial Engineering team. Our main focus here is to implement Lean Industrial Engineering techniques through our Global Manufacturing System, GMS. If I can sum it up in a sentence without too much detail. I feel the greatest barrier to hinder lean implementation, by far, is non-standardized work environment.
The greatest factor affecting non-standardized work is lack of discipline at the shop floor level. Standardized work goes hand in hand with constant Quality and Productivity. It’s a powerful tool that, in my opinion not too many companies have truly grasped. When true standardized work is applied and maintained consistently, other results are phenomenal. Let me warn you, it sounds easy, to say just manage it.
However, in a fast paced automotive environment where shift to shift production is measured by quality levels such as JD Power scores, manpower that tracks HPV (hours per vehicle) scores, uptime targets, direct run % targets and your volume requirement targets, and all this happens in an 8-hour shift, it is an astronomical balancing act to accomplish. However, the true key to lean success is discipline to your standardized method. This applies to large and small business.
Standardization is standardization. Compromise is the beginning of deterioration to your lean system.
Regards, Mario, CAMI Automotive, Ingersoll Canada
11 Commandments for an enthusiastic team
Taken from a Gander NL training session last year, and delivered across Canada three decades earlier. It’s Ian Percy’s “11 Commandments for an Enthusiastic Team”. It was first presented in Cambridge at the Ontario CAD/CAM Centre in Cambridge in 1984
1. Help each other be right, not wrong!
2. Look for ways to make new ideas work, not how they won’t. (Gerry Electric gave discussions on new topics 15 minutes - but only to speak to their merits. Result? More new ideas survived.)
3. Rumors – If in doubt, check it out – don’t make negative assumptions about each other!
4. Help each other win! Take pride in each others victories as if they were your own
5. Speak positively about each other and the company
6. Keep a positive mental attitude – no matter what the circumstances
7. Act with initiative. Act as if it is all depending upon you! (In the long term it probably does)
8. Do everything with enthusiasm! It’s contagious
9. Whatever you want, give it way (respect, love, opportunity…)
10. Don’t lose faith. Never give up!
11. HAVE FUN! You are always capable of enjoying the process - Your sense of fun will be contagious
Quotes from the master – Taiichi Ohno
"All we are doing is looking at the timeline, from the moment the customer gives us an order, to the point when we collect the cash. We reduce the timeline by reducing the non-value adding wastes."
"Where there are no standards there can be no kaizen."
"Why not make the work easier and more interesting so that people do not have to sweat? The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people’s creativity. People don’t go to Toyota to work; they go there to think."
"Costs do not exist to be calculated…
Costs exist to be reduced!"