Are you (and your production) stuck in second gear?
We believe that most managers in the metals industry have a hard time to keep up with even the daily tasks. The more long-term planning and evaluations are likely to be out of scope for months. This is not viable over time and detrimental to the company. Productivity and quality will suffer and many decisions are made without really knowing what direction to go.
But have faith – there are ways out of this treadmill:
- Step 1 – Make sure you understand you production.
- Step 2 – Take control of the production. Define a strategy for production according to your views. Implement the principles and basics in the process and production. Make sure operations follow as agreed upon.
- Step 3 – When control is there, manage the production for a prosperous future. Standardize handling, operations and production further, and, always promote stability. Build systems instead of solving problems.
Bottom line, make sure your focus is set to build the strategy for a better future. This might seem obvious for most of you, but as we all know, the complexity of liquid metals processing makes this a challenge doable only if you are persistent over a few years.
LEAN production and similar methods have been successfully implemented in most manufacturing industries including steel production over the last decades – with one exception; liquid metals processing. The nature of liquid metal processing requires special handling to obtain a standardized production. This is a skill-set rarely found among the LEAN-experts and external consultants. Do not be mistaken, the principles apply beautifully, you just need to make sure you know what you are doing and adapt to the world of liquid metal processing.
In the following weeks we will elaborate on how to turn your metals processing to a standardized production unit by following the three steps mentioned above.
As always, we appreciate your feedback and comments. Please let me know your reflections by contacting me directly at marten(at)metsol.se.
Thank you for reading! /mg