In 2016, the client’s operations were challenged by an increased number of errors on its locomotives which resulted in low timeliness. Therefore, with support from Valcon, the client carried out a shop floor management implementation at one of its locomotive workshops in 2016-17. The purpose of the implementation was to ensure a significantly improved performance based on new management behaviour, a strengthened management system and improved maintenance processes in a safe environment.
In collaboration with management, Valcon optimised maintenance processes, strengthened management structure and upgraded management’s competencies within lean management. By implementing lean tools, the client has ensured a better overview of tasks, better planning of manpower and a better flow through the workshops. At the same time, the implementation of standard work on both large and small inspections has led to productivity improvements of 20-30% with a positive impact on delivery and quality.
The project resulted in the implementation of a comprehensive management system at the locomotive workshop that increased productivity and ensured error correction and timely delivery of locomotives for operation.