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