Lean Manufacturing helps to Embed a Culture of Business Improvement

Challenge
This family-owned company manufacturers specialist processing systems for the mining industry. The company experienced a period of rapid growth and brought in Corporate Partners to help smooth the way. With increasing orders it was essential that the company reduce rework, improve on-time delivery, and implement an effective system for overall business improvement. It was recognised that Lean Manufacturing would help them to achieve their goals.

Manufacturing the specialist mine systems presents a number of challenges. The systems have many standard components, however, each system is custom designed and built to meet the specific requirements of the individual mine site. The company designs, assembles and test the systems, and then disassembles them for transport to the mine locations.

Excellent Outcomes at a Glance

  • Quality: Reworks reduced by 70%
  • Quality: Employees each average >1 business improvement monthly
  • Delivery: On-time delivery improved from 85% to 100%
  • Delivery: Ongoing reductions in lead-time
  • Safety: No lost time injuries for two years
  • Safety: Employees each average >3 proactive safety improvements monthly
Solution