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After the success of creating a “Small Box Cell”, the newest Kaizen Team faced the challenge of building a “Large Box Cell” that would help reduce inventory, control defects, and improve operational efficiencies. By the end of the Kaizen event, (2) 8 ft. brake presses, (5) welders, and a conveyor were all implemented into a “cell”, which addressed all of the objectives the team faced at the start of the project. The cell will also promote all the Lean initiatives Bull Metal has developed since the start of our Lean Journey. By joining processes into a cell, takt times can be established to develop “pull” and “one-piece-flow”. Demonstration has proved that the cell has reduced the number of steps and operators needed to complete jobs, freeing employees up to improve capacity. Several of the “7-Wastes” of Lean, such as motion, transportation, and waiting have decreased, but most importantly, work in processes (WIP) has minimized. The Large Box Cell is another starting point for continuous improvement as Bull Metal finds more ways to become more efficient and find smarter ways to manufacture products.
In the fall of 2012, management made the decision to pursue accreditation by the International Organization for Standardization for meeting the requirements of ISO 9001.
ISO 9001 is a series of standards, developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), that define, establish, and maintain an effective Quality Management System (QMS) for manufacturing and service industries. ISO 9001 deals with the fundamentals of QMS integration, including the eight management principles upon which the family of standards is based. ISO 9001 demands that organizations, wishing to meet the standards, must fulfill and maintain these customer based requirements.
This is a big commitment by Bull Metal to improve and document our processes, trace production of parts (product realization), prevent the unintended use and delivery of non-conforming parts, and improve quality and consistency of our products. We have hired a consultant and created a new position, ISO Coordinator, to manage and direct our efforts. At this time, we are preparing for our initial audits and anticipate applying for accreditation in the last quarter of this year.