December 04

2018

December 05

2018

Lean in Europe - visit 21 - Toyota Deeside Engine Plant

The 21st Lean in Europe visit was to Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd's Deeside Engine Plant in North Wales (UK). It took place on Wednesday 5 December 2018. 22 senior engineers from across Europe took part in the visit to learn about the Toyota Way and Toyota Production System.

Day 1 - Preparatory evening at the Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport hotel

The prep evening included a detailed introduction to the Deeside Engine Plant and a lean activity both led by Richard Keegan (Adjunct Professor - Trinity Business School, Dublin and Lean advisor to the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation), and a networking dinner.

Day 2 - Lean in Europe visit to the Deeside Engine Plant

The visit included lectures, shop-floor visits, coaching and detailed explanations by staff of the Deeside Engine Plant and also of the Toyota Lean Management Centre (TLMC)...

This visit focused on / included visits to:

  • TPS and the Toyota Way
  • Machining areas (looking at operator maintenance and TPM)
  • Final assembly (job element sheets, Yamazumi stack charts and standardised work)
  • Standard parts supply (SPS)
  • Shipping out
  • The dōjō
  • Quality circle area (and the use of A3s)

... the visit ended with a debriefing on the bus

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd's Deeside Engine Plant

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