At VES, we continually strive to:
- Improve build quality
- Increase the serviceability of our machines
- Standardise products
- Reduce lead time and increase productivity
In order to achieve this, VES use key Japanese Lean Manufacturing principles. Lean Manufacturing is a systematic method of manufacturing originating from the highly-efficient Japanese manufacturing industry. It focuses on minimising waste (無駄 muda) without sacrificing productivity. Lean principles also take into account waste created through overburden (無理 muri) and unevenness in workloads (斑 mura).
How VES reduces Muda, Muri and Mura
In the context of building machines, VES considers Muda to contain not only physical waste, but also wasted time. Here is an example of what we do to create the best product possible:
Modularisation of Machines
Our Machines can be split into 4 main modules: Vessel Module, Electric Cabinet, Pump Group, and Valve Plate. Each specific module is now created in specific build bays equipped with the correct tools. Modules of machines can refine the drawings, which lessens issues and reduces design time.
Workshop Layout Overhaul
Build Bays were created to accommodate the building and integration of standard, modularised items.
The 5S Culture
VES also promote the 5S culture, which introduces structure and improves the environment and operator morale. 5S identifies other areas of waste including:
- Location and availability of the correct tools
- Location and availability of consumable components
- Location and organisation of Kits
- The “Tidy Space, Tidy Mind” Principle
- Generating a culture of looking after the workspace
Layout Before Lean Manufacturing
Before implementing Lean Manufacturing, the workspace was messy, unorganised, and inefficient. Tool chests were located entirely on one side of the factory, and part storage was located on the other. The quality of the lighting was low, and there was a lot of wasted space.
Layout After Lean Manufacturing
After we implemented Lean manufacturing, the workspace was transformed. The new layout allowed better Health and Safety standards, and better space optimisation. Furthermore, we improved the quality of our machinery, and of the work environment as a whole by improving lighting, heating and ventilation.