Embedded project management
This presentation describes a project for the implementation of Lean manufacturing. The specific case under examination was a meat processing plant. The need was to increase plant utilisation and reduce work-in-process (WIP). Implementing lean is always a challenging project, because of the need to customise the implementation. There is also the issue of organisational culture and change management resistance. A unique aspect of this project was the embedment of the project engineer in the plant. This developed trust and facilitated subsequent implementation. Changes were then introduced to the plant following the 5S methodology, followed by Value Stream Mapping. The project resulted in a 7% cost saving on labour. Further benefits from the project were that disruption to the daily production activities were kept to a minimum, a reduction of consumables, and elimination of unnecessary burdening of employees. The presentation describes the project approach taken and the results.