Uniseal has implemented Lean principles throughout the organization and has benefited significantly for the effort. Click here to view our H3 Lean Guiding Principles. The program was designed to be agnostic to functional and geographic boundaries as well as process or product limitations with the ultimate goal of driving improvement throughout the organization to support long term strategic and financial goals of the organization and its directors. Uniseal commissioned an H3 Lean committee to drive the initiative forward. Some of the goals of the program include:
- Provide a structured forum for continual improvement activities within the organization.
- Develop and maintain a clean and organized work environment for all processes throughout the organization.
- Facilitate employee development and empowerment by providing advanced training in Lean and Six Sigma methodologies.
There are several key aspects to Uniseal’s H3 Lean program. Follow the links below to learn more about each key aspect:
- Hoshin Planning Process
- 7S Organization and Cleanliness
- Lean Manufacturing Implementation
- Visual Management
The Uniseal H3 Lean program has been hugely successful based on the team member focus and ownership of the program. It is this outstanding commitment to continual improvement that drives the company toward attaining new goals and world class performance.
Hoshin Planning Process
The Hoshin Planning Process was instituted in order to document and communicate shared goals, as well as engage all team members toward achieving these goals. The Hoshin plan is based on alignment of the company’s activities at all levels to its organizational goals.
7S Organization and Cleanliness
The 7S efforts of the team members have resulted in facilities that are safe and well organized. The efforts have also ensured team members the tools they need to complete their processes in an efficient manner. Uniseal team members take pride in their workplace, and make every effort to keep the facilities in world class condition.
Lean Manufacturing Implementation
The Lean initiative seeks to simplify the production process and eliminate waste while improving quality and team member satisfaction. It employs a variety of Lean tools in order to reach the goal of continual improvement. At its core, Lean is a constant effort to improve efficiency and eliminate waste.
Visual Management initiatives reduce management principles to their most basic building blocks. It seeks to explicitly show team members how a process should be performed and what the outcome should be. The common adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” applies perfectly. In this way, it clarifies the core work of the organization and connects the people with the operation.
As a part of the lean manufacturing system, Kanban is an inventory scheduling system that leads to manufacturing “pull” within a given process. Managing Kanban is an excellent strategy to facilitating process improvements and “right-sizing” inventory flow through the system.
Kaizen activity is a daily process of improving the productivity cycle. At is most basic, Kaizen is every team member consistently evaluating and improving the processes and work environment that they come in contact with on a daily basis. The Kaizen process includes both continual improvement and standardization efforts leading to accelerated organizational improvement and goal attainment.
H3 Lean Guiding Principles
* Champion Safety
* Share a Clear Vision
* Serve Internal and External Customers
* Communicate Effectively
* Appreciate Team Members
* Develop Team Members
* Embrace Continuous Improvement