The recent planned stops to production have meant we are still playing catch up with our Kaizen of the Month recognition events but can now confirm our July winner- who was worth the wait!
The Kaizen crown went to Mick Kilkie, from MP&L (DHL) for the savvy savings he made by sourcing in-house materials to spruce up the receiving bays in the 109 Building, which has helped to improve both quality and efficiency.
Prior to being painted, the bays were dark and had become faded over time, so there was no clear marking on the bays, which made it difficult to identify which nodes the Seegrid Video Guided Vehicles (VGV’s) were located at.
The team also took this opportunity to paint Seegrid node numbers in each layby to help operators identify reset codes more efficiently and therefore improve productivity.
The bays had last been professionally painted over 6 years ago, at a cost of £30,000 but Mick was able to source surplus paint from stores and with the help of his teammates, painted each one of the 109 bays during the non- production weeks over the summer.
Transforming our business and committing to quality through small, continuous improvements by raising a Kaizen is a key way that employees can play their part in Refocus transformation. Delivering Refocus at Halewood will ensure we are the strongest position to rollout the electric architectures earmarked for our plant.
Great work Mick and congratulations to David Ellison, from Body in White, who placed second and Laura Atkinson from Stamping Group who placed third in July’s monthly Kaizen recognition event!