TIC at Solihull is progressing at quite a rate and functional reviews are just around the corner. Before the Solihull Convention in July we on a mission to share a series of quick fire interviews to give you an insight into the men and women making a difference to our business. Meet 'Gen 2-5'.
Who’s in the circle?
The members of Gen 2-5 are: Fiona Riley, Julie Allitt, Nigel Burke, Jim McKinlay and Eddie Neiland.
What area do you all work in?
We work in Process Control Unit Five, Process Control Unit Two and Wax and Repair – all within the Paint Shop at Solihull
How did you come up with the team name?
The team name comes from the number of members and the object that inspired our project: Gen 2A clips.
What is your project all about?
We wanted to resolve the problems caused by the Gen 2A clips, which are used to open and close car doors. Currently they have to be hammered into place. It takes between five and six strikes with a hammer to put them in to place and sometimes you can miss the clips and hit your hand. The clips sometimes become lose and fall off. We always find them under cars or inside the e-coat tanks. One of our team members recorded a loss of 53 in one day! Gen 2-5 has developed a quality tool that means paint clips can be attached to vehicles with a single strike of the hammer. The tool makes the process safer for workers and means damage to vehicles is less likely.
Why do you think TIC is important for the business?
TIC is a win-win for everyone involved. It can save the business money whilst we also think it is a great opportunity for employees to have different experiences and to learn new skills.
What’s the best thing about TIC?
We’ve been able to interact with loads of people from different parts of the plant that we don’t normally have contact with. This means that not only have we grown as individuals, but as a community too.
If your circle was a famous team from a movie or TV series who would you be and why?
We’d be the team from Guardians of the Galaxy: an eclectic group that becomes a family.