LEAN and Mean?

LEAN and Mean?

LEAN production is a methodology dating back to the 1950ies but is yet not fully implemented in liquid metals processing despite the obvious advantages obtained in other industries. This is to us a mystery that needs to be resolved. Why do you as a manager hesitate to take your production several steps up the ladder of efficiency and product quality? There better be a good reason for this… Ok, we agree – liquid metals production is far from a car manufactoring production line. We acknowledge this but would also like to emphasize that the LEAN fundamental principles apply regardless. These are true in any type of production, you just need […]

Manage your production! (3 of 3)

Manage your production! (3 of 3)

Step 3 of 3 – Manage Your Production (Get the Good Tonnes Out – Step 3 of 3) Managing a well-functioning metals production is maybe far from the efforts required to bring it there but, nevertheless, it requires systematic and active work to make sure it stays in shape. This post focuses on the third step out of three in our series Get the Good Tonnes Out; Manage your production. If you feel you are yet not there, maybe you would be better off to first read the posts “Understand Your Production (part 1 of 3)” and “Take Control over Your Production (part 2 of 3)”. If not, then obviously you have […]

Take control! (2 of 3)

Take control! (2 of 3)

Step 2 of 3 – Take Control over Your Production (Get the Good Tonnes Out – Step 2 of 3) Taking control is defined as “the power to influence or direct people’s behaviour or the course of events” according to Oxford Dictionaries*. This definition is spot-on matching the production manager’s role; to influence and control in order to build an organization following production strategies chiseled out over the years. Unfortunately it is easy to derail and suddenly you find yourself as a manager to be controlled by the production instead of vice versa, which of course is a dangerous path. This post focuses on the second step of three in our […]

Understand Your Production (1 of 3)

Understand Your Production (1 of 3)

Step 1 of 3 – Understand Your Production (Get the Good Tonnes Out – Step 1 of 3) Liquid metals processing is complex. We are the first to acknowledge this. In fact there are few similarities between traditional manufacturing industry and liquid metals processing. Having said that, we still believe it is possible to stay in control and be proactive; it is just a little bit more complicated. This post reviews the first step of three in the series Get the Good Tonnes Out and focuses on the importance of understanding you production. In fact, this is absolutely fundamental to be able to form a rock-solid foundation to build upon. […]

Stuck in second gear?

Stuck in second gear?

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. […]

Stability is Everything

Stability is Everything

Have you checked out this week’s production report? What about those few hick-ups that you could have been without? Disturbances generate production instability – a state that is never of any good for your tonnage throughput, product quality or operator safety. On the following pages we will elaborate further on the importance of stability to be able to improve production further. We sort out the terms and definitions related and show how to obtain stability by a correct processing and production design. This is the second part in our white papers series on how to take the first step towards world’s class metals production. In the first part, “Get the Good […]

Get the Good Tonnes Out!

Get the Good Tonnes Out!

Are you a metal production manager? Are your experiencing that daily issues just matches what you can cope with? Do you have a unpleasent feeling that you slowly fall behind competitors? We understand that the pressure is on from all fronts to perform and there is little or no time to reflect on longer terms decisions. Having said that, we must also emphasize that in a longer run this approach will be detrimental to the production – eventually development work and strategies crumble and everything is handled on a daily basis without control. This is the worst of scenarios and a place you as a production manager do not want […]

Boost your production

Boost your production

Stability is everything in metals production – improve safety, productivity and product quality by standardization of operations. Standardized production (and LEAN) is probably the most successful principle out there to achieve a high productivity and product quality. The principle may also be applied to liquid metals processing, although some special consideration is required. The symptoms Is your production suffering from all those minor disturbances difficult to explain? Is there an unexplored potential difficult to pin-point? Are production disturbances accepted and handled as “normal problems”? -“We would have reached our goals if only not….” Liquid metal production is complex and sometimes difficult to grasp. The integration of events within and between […]

Build your production

Build your production

Investments projects in the liquid metals processing area require special skills and experience. We offer technical and metallurgical assistance during all phases of an investment project. Buy skills and experience! To invest in larger processing equipment for liquid metals production requires special skills and previous experience from similar projects. Without experience it will be difficult to understand the different steps and practices applied by international equipment suppliers: What technical and commercial information is required during the initial pre-project steps? How do I make sure the supplier quotations are comparable? How should the technical and commercial buying process be outlined? What is expected from you and what to expect from the […]

Build your people

Build your people

Knowledge improve your organization’s skills and motivation. Metsol offers tailored operator training in metals production. Build your staff capacity! Knowledge is easy to carry but can you bear the load of being without? We believe strongly in the potential of evolving your success through others growth – make sure they make the right decisions. Scrutinize yourself When was the last time your staff had the chance to develop and obtain new knowledge and a different perspective? Are you convinced that your production staff holds the knowledge necessary to avoid those crucial mistakes so costly in metals production? Are your engineers ready to embrace your new plans or should a special […]