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The ProMISe method

Continuous improvement

"Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can't measure something, you can't understand it. If you can't understand it, you can't control it. If you can't control it, you can't improve it."
- H. James Harrington

 


 

ProMISe helps with incorporating Continuous Improvement as a way of working, as the improvement cycle PDCA is completely embedded in the system. It is an integral system with centralised information provision, event registration and actionlists that are transparant to everyone. To be able to improve and to apply fact-based management it is key to collect data. Data is gathered by registering all events in the processes. For example disruptions in the production process or incidents related to QHSE. Improvement actions can be initiated based on analyses of these disruptions.

To successfully integrate Continuous Improvement in your organisation it is essential to make the employees aware of the importance of it. They are gathering the data on the workshop and can make improvement proposals. By stimulating them to do that as good as possible and to come with those proposals, in small steps you ensure greater involvement and an increased job satisfaction. A more efficient production and cost reduction are logical effects thereof.

Continuous improvement in three steps with ProMISe:

1. Collecting data

2. Verifying the data

3. Analyses and improvement actions

Collecting info

Collecting data

Improvement starts with measuring by collecting data. Registering what goes wrong as well as the effect of improvement actions. With their experience operators can identify the root casuses of the disruptions and suggest solutions. Registration can be done in a very accessible way by manually registering straight into the system using a computer or the ProMISe App for quick and easy registration. The app is very useful for on-site workers. Automated downtime registration is also possible by connecting to the PLC/SCADA systems of the machines.

Verifying

Verifying the data

The daily meeting is an important part of the ProMISe method where knowledge and experience are being applied. Relevant employees attend this, like the production manager, head of technical services, team leaders, etc. Using their knowledge and experience they discuss the most important registrations of the previous day: were the root causes and solutions correct? Important is to give constructive feedback to the persons who made registrations. That way knowledge is shared and everybody learns from it. The logbook and action lists can be discussed, as well as iniitiating and assigning new actions.

Analyzing

Analyses and improvement actions

Collected information can now be converted to information by using simple but powerful analysis tools. These tools easily track down the biggest root causes of your downtime, or bottlenecks. Not only technical problems, but also logistic problems for example. ProMISe offers a holistic approach. When that is clear, you can take action to eliminate the problems and waste. This can be done periodically to initiate (bigger) improvement actions and to see afterwards if they had a positive impact. The PDCA (Plan Do Check Act) cycle is applied here. The specific OEE module quickly shows how effective the organisation operates and where the most improvement potential lies.

Teamwork

Improvement culture

We always advocate to create a working environment where employees are given the confidence and space to give their input for improvement and to be proactive. By having people that are motivated to do better every day an optimized production process and better results in production will automatically follow. This is the ProMISe way to create an improvement culture.


Pro's of ProMISe:

  • The improvement cycle is embedded in the system. Suitable for ISO 9001 certification.
  • It gives a holistic view of the organisation.
  • Fact-based management: Data driven production.
  • One system that gives a total view of production for the operations/plant manager.
  • ProMISe is flexible. Measure and register disruptions as YOU like.
  • Streamlined communication and provision of information via logbook and actionlists.
  • It stimulates teamwork and social interaction.
  • ProMISe is very user friendly.
  • The system is quite accessible for use for process optimization. Automation is not required for measuring disruptions.

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