I attended the last of the autumn series of Lean Foundation workshops on 22 November. It was very interesting.
Delegates gain hands-on experience and understanding of basic lean principles using specific manufacturing stimulation led by Vip engineers.
Click on gallery to take a sneak peek at images from my visit
I asked several delegates what they thought about the course. One delegate said: “It has helped us to clean up the factory and it has saved us money because it has helped us to work smarter.”
Another delegate said: “One of the great plus points is the help we have had with maintenance – we have got a great system going now. People can see a positive result from this. The biggest challenge now is to make sure we continue improving.”
Overall, delegates said that the ViP program deliver significant cost reductions, productivity improvements and streamlined office processes with the training and culture change to sustain continuous improvement. Average prospective savings exceed €120,000 per improvement project.
Typical production improvements include increased productivity through reduced machine breakdown, make-ready and downtime, and increased running speeds and significant material waste reduction.