Identifying and Solving Problems using Visual Management
Alumicor is a Canadian based supplier of Architectural Aluminum building envelope systems. On this tour you will see how Alumicor has become a visual factory using visual management to drive improvements on the shop floor and in the office. Visual management boards measure Safety, Quality, Delivery, Productivity, Inventory and 5S. Production cells are color coded and material is pulled into the cells using visual cues. Employees chart hourly progress to plan on the visual management boards and identify challenges that are impeding their performance. Quick & easy kaizen, traditional Kaizen and A3 problem solving is then used to resolve the issues and continually drive improvement.
Delivering Excellence through Continuous Improvement and Innovation
Opened in 1976, the Royal Canadian Mint Winnipeg location produces circulation coins for Canada and other countries around the world. Production of coins requires high-speed, high-volume processes including blanking, electroplating, coining and packaging. On the tour of this 225,000 sq ft facility, you will see a number of continuous improvements including 5S, huddle boards, visual management and single-piece-flow implementation. You will also see innovative processes such as the high speed paint line and R&D Centre of Excellence.
Our journey from batch & queue to flow production
Custom Castings began its Lean journey with the implementation of a structured 5S program. With processes organized, the need to change from batch & queue to flow production became very evident. In 2015, a project was launched to transition to cellular manufacturing. All of the major value streams were mapped to define cells that would allow work to flow from molten metal to finished goods with minimal changes of ownership. On this tour, you will hear about the challenges and successes of this multi-year project, about SMED and TPM implementations, cross training and the importance of buy-in and support from all employees.
Cultural Engagement Tour
Sustainable Growth Through Employee Empowerment
The Duha Group creates color marketing tools like paint chips, fandecks, and color systems that help customers bring life to beautiful spaces around the world. On this Cultural Engagement Tour you will witness the Duha Operating System, viewing successful lean initiatives on the shop floor and in the office and learning about the 4 key steps that the Duha Group experienced on their Journey to Lean; the Passport to World Excellence System; the 5 minute Daily Huddle System; the 12 Step Turbo Kaizen System and Organization Balancing, which helps to balance the flow of materials and information.
Rating: Beginner, Intermediate
New Flyer Operational Excellence Program
The Op Ex Journey
New Flyer is the largest heavy-duty bus manufacturer offering the widest range of drive systems in North America. On this tour you will hear about the application of LEAN principles at the Winnipeg Assembly Plant as part of the Operational Excellence strategy and how applying LEAN to manufacturing and other life cycle processes is delivering value to the customer and revenue to the enterprise. Touring the vehicle assembly line and primary component manufacturing areas you will see cell support teams, 5S implementation and visual factory concepts including takt time line move boards, ANDON system, TPM and the proprietary Livebus production verification system.