The Journey to Lean

A Journey into Lean Manufacturing

Month: March 2017

Lean inspiration

Lean Inspiration- Fastcap

We’ve been keeping you up to date with the Lean improvements we’ve been making here at Stokes & Rowe but we also want to share with you all where our Lean inspiration has come from.  We really believe that an important part of ‘going Lean’ is the sharing and exchange of ideas.

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Video- Process Improvements- Tap Assembly

Here is a video showing an improvement we have made in the assembly department.  Nicola has used Kaizen foam to make a jig to aid with tap assembly, saving time and giving added protection to the components.  Subscribe to our youtube channel for more videos.

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Video- Process Improvements- Filter Assembly

Here is the youtube video showing an improvement we’ve made in the assembly department.  Here Nicola is demonstrating how we have made the process of inserting brass inserts into filter heads much quicker and easier by incorporating a jig and an air tool.  Subscribe to our youtube channel for more videos.

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Process Improvements

Process Improvements in the Assembly Department

We recently showed you some of the process improvements we’ve been making in the machine shop.  But we haven’t stopped there!  We have been improving lots of our processes in the assembly shop too.  These improvements are saving us such a lot of time as well as making jobs simpler and more manageable for the team.

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Video- Process Improvement- Unbolting Toolholders

Here is the Youtube video of an improvement we’ve made in the machine shop.  Here Rob has improved his set up process by using an air impact driver instead of alan keys to undo and do up bolts.  It has saved us up to half an hour per set up. Subscribe to our youtube channel for more videos.

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Process Improvements

Process Improvements in the Machine Shop

With all the Lean improvements to the factory we’ve been making so far, it has left us in a great position to start having a look at our every day jobs and processes.  We can make improvements by recognising and then eliminating any waste within every job we do.  Process improvements can allow us to

  1. make jobs easier and more enjoyable for staff
  2. increase our efficiency

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