MIROPLAST implements LEAN concept in production
In 2019, MIROPLAST began implementing Lean manufacturing at the enterprise. The company plans to focus on creating value for the customer, reducing waste in production and maximizing resource efficiency through consistent and continuous improvement of all processes of the organization.
MIROPLAST is the leader of PVC profile market in Ukraine and the biggest profile exporter. WDS profiles are produced in the modern plant located in Dnipro, now there are 31 extrusion lines, shops for profile lamination, production of PVC compound and seals, and its own dies workshop. The enterprise annually increases its production capacity, therefore, the issue of systematizing processes for effective planning of the plant’s load and operation is becoming increasingly important.
In 2019, the top management of the company made a decision to implement Lean principles in the production. This concept was developed in Japan at Toyota Company and has long been used by hundreds of successful companies from various industries around the world.
The main goal of Lean is to build a value creation stream for the customer with minimal waste. Lean production provides for the involvement of all employees in waste reduction processes in order to efficiently create the most valuable product for the client. The cost of such product will always be competitive due to elimination of unnecessary actions, transportation, excess inventory, overproduction, over-processing, waiting time, defects, and untapped creativity of company employees.
Over the next few years, MIROPLAST aims to:
- Provide quality built into processes;
- Standardize production processes and introduce a system of personnel training for standardized work;
- Implement the 5S system in production (“sort”, “set in order”, “shine”, “standardize”, and “sustain”);
- Introduce universal equipment maintenance;
- Apply the A3 method to problem solving.
The first changes have already been implemented in the production. New approaches to managing the industrial infrastructure of the plant should bring the company to a new level of development.