February 27, 2002
Automotive companies and suppliers win lion’s share of awards for lean manufacturing
Logan, Utah – Automotive companies and automotive parts suppliers were among the big winners of The Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing announced yesterday. A record number of plants, three in the small business category and fourteen in the large business category, have earned what Business Week has called ” … the Nobel prize of manufacturing … .”
The Shingo prize program is named in honour of Dr. Shigeo Shingo, an engineering genius who helped create the Toyota Production System and other related lean manufacturing processes.
“We’re unique in the criteria by which we evaluate,” explained Ross Robson, Shingo Prize executive director. “We recognize companies for streamlining their processes and cutting out the waste, which prepared 2002 recipients to adapt to the economic recession better than non-lean focused plants.”
This year’s Shingo Prize Recipients (in alphabetical order) included:
99.99% on-time delivery to all customers, a 90% quality improvement, a 12% improvement in productivity and a 67% scrap rate reduction. In addition, over a two-year period, the plant’s employees reached a million hours without a lost work day twice.
blocked cavities for improved manufacturing up-time. The operation is a mixture of manual and automated systems that minimizes total cost, at outstanding quality and delivery levels.
facility starts and is driven by its 2500 employees. The plant uses all the tools of the Ford Production System, such as Error Proofing, Quick Change Over, Total Predictive Maintenance and Visual Factory to name a few. They also utilize the Six-Sigma methodology to support the efforts toward lean. Chicago Assembly recognizes the journey toward lean and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.