It’s a busy time for our TIC teams in Halewood as the Local Convention is just around the corner. Our circles are working hard on their projects, moving them through the TIC steps and preparing for our TIC extravaganza!
One of those teams is, ‘Press up,’ who are a team from our press shop made up of David Farrell, John Kansella and Liam Kettle. Line forty one in the Press Shop is currently undergoing investment and getting some great improvements and the team thought the other lines may be feeling a little neglected and could do with a little spruce up! As they started to consider how they’d go about this they attended our Town Hall, where they got the opportunity to find out more about TIC at our TIC roadshow. They thought the TIC process would really help them to get the show on the road for their big clean-up.
They decided to embark on an initial 32 hour clean-up mission to clean just one press, rolling their sleeves up to get years of grime from the machinery and giving it a new lease of life as you can see from the pictures below! They’ve made a huge difference already and cleaning the equipment really prolongs the life of the machinery and slows down the deterioration by reducing oil and air leaks.
David told us, “It’s all about taking care of the equipment we use and showing pride in the area that we work in. Cleaning the equipment now is only a ten minute job because we’re keeping on top of it, but it will make a huge difference to the life cycle of the machinery, saving us money on breakdowns and downtime when the line can’t run.”
The initial clean was tough for the guys, not only because it was a lot of elbow grease but they also had to train to use the cherry picker to get to those hard to reach spots that probably haven’t seen a feather duster in years! This was also a benefit of doing TIC though, as they got to learn a new skill that can potentially use in the future.
Liam told us, “The TIC process has really helped us to focus and following the steps has helped us make sure what we’re doing is really making a difference. We’re really pleased with the results so far, but we know there’s more that we need to do, we’ve got five more presses and a tooling press to clean yet!”
Their next step in the big clean-up is to continue this great work on the other lines and also to remind their colleagues that a little cleaning can go along way with posters and information around the place. That will avoid equipment getting too dirty and should help to keep it in full working order for many years to come!
We can’t wait to catch up with these guys at the local convention when we can hear about how their cleaning has progressed and what impact that’s had to the business – good luck guys!