Meet the 4 guardians of effective production – Kaizen, 5S, SMED, TPM. 

WUZETEM does not stop at the implementation of the 5S system, which is the foundation of the management concept called “lean management”, but also develops tools such as SMED or TPM. 
The key to the success of the efficient production process of steel precision components is the Kaizen philosophy, which speaks of the constant pursuit of excellence. WUZETEM, which uses these ideas in the production process of injectors and atomizers, aims to maximize the production capacity of the plant by eliminating activities such as stockpiling or idle waiting for the next production steps. In this way, you can speed up the production time of a given product while maintaining a high standard of workmanship.

“[…] Sometimes the way to production success is to take a series of small steps in the right direction. That is why every possible point on the way to the production of the product is optimized,” sums up Jarosław Ferens, Coordinator for Sustainable Development. Lean Manufacturing at WUZETEM.

With SMED speed

To increase production flexibility, WUZETEM shortens changeover times by using the SMED (Single Minute Exchane of Die) method. This technique was developed at the Toyota Motor Company plant and involves completing each changeover in less than 10 minutes. The time savings are significant, as evidenced by the fact that systematic workshops at the main WUZETEM stands bring measurable results. The changeover time is shortened by up to several dozen percent, thus increasing the efficiency of the entire process. Reduced inventory and a simplified changeover procedure ensure faster deliveries.

Machines in constant motion

Customers expect WUZETEM to provide immediate availability of products. In order to meet these requirements, it is necessary to maintain the machine park in the best technical condition, which is why we implement TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) in the plant, i.e. a method of maintaining machines at the highest production efficiency. According to the assumptions, the equipment is to be in constant motion, which is why independent teams responsible for improving the efficiency of the machine park are created. A large part of the tasks related to the maintenance of machines is on the operator’s side, but it is the Maintenance Department that takes care of the machines and equipment through planned services. As a result, we gain the ability to monitor the condition of machines, tool wear and prevent failures by detecting the problem at an early stage of advancement. In this way, disruptions on the production line are avoided and process efficiency is maximized. With a TPM system, the life of the equipment is extended and the involvement of employees in the operation and maintenance of the machines is increased. All this to deliver the products on time.

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 4 Guardians of Efficient Production