The ongoing pressure on companies to perform better every day is forcing them to change faster and faster. They have to improve quality, reduce costs, become more customer-focused, improve flexibility and shorten lead-times day by day.
Past experiences shows that making changes randomly, only implementing some smart tools, most often lead to short-term improvements.
Continuous Improvement is a more systematic approach to improve performances and eliminate losses. Performances are being measured and represented in dedicated, company-specific, KPI’s (key performance indicators). These KPI’s are being monitored daily and form the basis for further improvements to get even better results.
For Continuous Improvement to be successful it needs to become part of the corporate culture. One has to be aware that a great deal of the final results depend on the shop-floor workers and the middle management. Therefore top management needs to be involved and give them the support and commitment to go ahead improving their processes on a daily basis.
“Continuous Improvement needs continuous support and commitment…”