What do Bonnet’s Brigade, One in a Brazilian, Painty Blinders and The Kaizen Chiefs all have in common? Other than having great team names, these represent some of the 71 TIC Teams across Solihull who are taking part in this year’s TIC. After the Easter shutdown, our TIC Teams across Solihull will take part in the local function reviews in which they will present their ideas to senior management, driving solutions forward for our plant’s future.
TIC (Team Improvement Circles) is in its third year and is designed to engage everyone in continuous improvement by adopting problem solving skills to make a positive difference in our workplace and drive personal development. Let’s meet some of the teams…
Meet the ‘Kaizen Chiefs’ from FA2.
Starring Inderjit Bal (TIC Coach), Edwin Brownson, Alex Wallin, Shane Mallinson and Shaun Mann.
They are part of the FA2 productivity team and are working with our guys on the line to reduce the amount of walking within a process area. They are developing a productivity tool which looks at NVA (non value-add) activities to drive a more efficient and lean process.
Shane said: “Being a part of TIC has really helped us come together as a team, bounce ideas off each other and drive this productivity project forwards.”
Meet ‘Change AARGH’S TO AHHH’S’ from BIW.
Starring Billy Walton, Mark Eaton, Dean Tunney, Mo Shukeel and Matt Tuck from BIW Maintenance.
Addressing some of their daily frustrations, the TIC team have developed a new ‘roles and responsibilities’ framework across Body Shop 1. TIC has helped them to resolve the issues and develop a comprehensive plan to drive improvements across the roles of maintenance (trackside), group leaders and technical GL’s. The team obtained feedback from the shop floor to create a new preventative maintenance approach which identified the main faults and critical high hurt areas which impact quality and volume.
Mark said: “Historically 80% of a day’s work for our maintenance team was reactive and fixing problems. Now our body shop is actively engaged in this new framework of weekly checks which frees us up to look at more proactive and preventative measures.”
Meet ‘VAL ADDED’ from Paint
Starring Joe Bennaton, Udesh Pankhania, Mark Hibbard, James Dakin, Kris Burford, Brian Hobson and Darren Wilson.
They work in the OTA in FA2
Udesh said: “We looked at our area, identified some areas of potential waste and came up with some ideas to improve. Our guys are doing this job day in, day out so they know the process the best.”
Darren said: “We have looked at our processes, removed duplication in data entry, questioned some of the unnecessary paperwork, reduced the amount of walking in the area and designed a tool belt to make the job easier and more efficient."
Brian said: “It’s nice that the team have listened to my ideas and taken them on-board to improve the area.”
What is TIC?
TIC brings together a team of up to five people who:
•Harness the power of a team by sharing knowledge and working together over a set period of time
•Utilise problem solving tools and techniques to develop themselves and improve their workplace
•Present their problem solving idea to senior managers to improve our business for the future
TIC is not…
•A suggestion scheme to simply vent frustrations. It is a ‘develop and do’ scheme to empower colleagues to make a positive difference to their work area by adopting a 10 step structured approach.