Regional manufacturers gather in good numbers at Kohltech to compare notes on Continuous Improvements methods, challenges and successes and to hear special guest speakers
Folks traveled from three counties and from New Brunswick to use an EMC SIG event to share experiences, best practices and challenges. Continuous Improvement (CI) is high on the priority list for a lot of companies and justifiably so. Without constant improvement companies know they will lose any advantages they might have in the market they serve and fail to realize the true profits that lie hidden in the business. Following a round table introduction and EMC update the group got into a great conversation.
Everyone shared their perspective on CI, what has worked, what hasn’t, what they are doing now, how they are doing it, where they struggle, where they have seen success, and why they have thrown in the towel on ‘lean manufacturing’.
The group was clearly made up of the full spectrum of companies and situations and the stories generated lots of good exchanges and some good laughs!
Gary gets things started....
The conversation and comparisons could have gone on all morning but we needed to move on! After a short break the group met Gary Cox of Barrington Consulting a former Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Canada Post and Robert Newcombe part of the team of Industrial Engineers at Barrington. Gary and Robert gave a very comprehensive, compelling and practical intro and overview of the methodologies and processes that are the foundation of Lean Six Sigma.(see attached) They presented the DMAIC method and broke each component down to understandable application level language. The group stepped through Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control again using a logical and example based presentation. The presentation was followed by a lot of targeted questions and further group discussion.
One theme quickly emerged in the conversation. The process and depth a company goes into Lean methodologies is of little value if the employees are not onboard and aware of the ultimate objective. Communication, change management processes and engagement greatly overshadow which CI method is used. Another very key point is that the song sheet in the operation has to be the same from the hourly paid to the CEO. Everyone needs to speak the same language and understand what they are doing and why. Gone are the days when the boss would read a book and make a decree expecting magic to happen. CI is a journey that takes total commitment, communication and an understanding that EVERYONE plays a key role in the success or failure of the endeavor. Simply put communicate, communicate and communicate some more! Lots to discuss here and Gary even gave everyone a copy of a very ingenious ‘lean’ comic book he co-created which can be used to get the message out into production so folks are not blindsided by the ‘new’ way of doing things.
Following the event, the group had an in depth tour of Kohltech to see how they are striving to Improve what they do....and succeeding at it!
Can't beat a plant tour!
A great event and lots of excellent conversations in the room, well done to those who participated!
Thanks to Gary, Robert and to Carl and Wade from Kohltech your support is always appreciated!
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