James was primarily tasked with designing and manufacturing tooling to facilitate production, using CAD intensively.
Reducing Waste in Processes
James was primarily tasked with designing and manufacturing tooling to facilitate production, using CAD intensively. Another aim was to save the company money by reducing the amount of waste in processes, by evaluating and refining production operations, and by producing tooling that would support value added production time. As part of Pall’s continuous improvement (CI) ethos, James participated in ‘Kaizen’ events throughout his placement. He trained in the use and application of ‘Standard Work’ events and by the end of his Year-in-Industry was able to run successful ‘lean’ events himself.
Across several events, both as a member of a wider waste observation team, and as a leader of CI events James drove manufacturing capacity and delivery performance. With his implementation of an improved cell layout, ‘one piece flow’ was achieved allowing the product to flow around the production area as single units. His work in this event helped lead to the improvement in standard work in progress (WIP) which can now be used to allow continuous movement of the parts, reducing the cycle time of the unit from 380 minutes to 75 (80%), lowering the cell WIP from 50 units to 2 and with a new schedule for piece parts the whole process is planned to effectively remove $51,467 of overdue orders.
“James integrated with the team quickly. New processes and procedures were quickly assimilated. Projects were completed autonomously making him an asset to the organisation, both in terms of contribution to business and in commitment to achieving a team result.”
Jim Richardson, Value Stream Leader, Pall Aerospace
“The judges agreed that James Joy is a talented and natural communicator as demonstrated in his professional presentation. James clearly made an outstanding contribution to the business of his Company throughout the Year in Industry as evidenced by the glowing reference by his employer”.
Brian Thornton MBA, Provider Partner Manager, Semta & Regional Panel Judge