“In the A3 we worked a lot with breaking down the overall goals into concrete targets and what they mean for us, on our particular machine. After that, the A3 has been our steering document, with clear and relevant key performance indicators, KPI’s.” he says.
After initial meetings where everyone involved got onboard and “gave their OK”, Magnus Jonsson says that everything has gone smoothly. In a year, they’ve seen the coil changing time reduced by 30 seconds, and the average machine speed increase from 320 to 355 meters per minute.
The results have been recognized with the team being rewarded the 2019 Gränges Company Awards, in the Continuous Improvement category.
“I think we managed to bring out an element of performance in everybody, and a competitive instinct,” he says.
Good cooperation between the shift personnel and the supporting functions from maintenance and technical support, have been crucial to the team’s achievement, Jonsson emphasizes. He is especially proud of the fact that all of the improvements have been made without any additional investments.
What are your best tips to others in the Gränges organization working with improvement projects?
“Create very clear goals, KPI’s – that’s really important for motivation. And make sure you cooperate closely – get out on the shop floor and discuss the goals and how you plan to fulfill them.”