Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing
Operations Director Brian McKay is already reaping the benefits of attending The Manufacturing Institute’s Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing programme (ARTL).
Based in Norfolk he works for Smurfit Kappa, one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world.
Brian studied on the ARTL programme for a day a week over 10 weeks while managing a team of 100 and being responsible for health and safety, quality, engineering, shift managers.
He says: “This is the best lean manager’s course that I’ve ever been on.
“It was excellent and a lot of that was down to the people who were delivering it. They know a lot about our industry and it felt like they were talking directly to us.
“They could relate everything back to real experience and case studies. It was the people that made it stand out.
“I also really enjoyed the site visit to Leyland Trucks. It was good to see they have made their changes and to talk to the people who have made it work. I was very impressed with their error proofing system.
“I took away very useful tools that my team could use with confidence. We’re working on a bottleneck project where we have identified 81 different activities and we’ve now completed 28 which has already led to a 10pc increase in productivity.
“We’ve also learned tools like SMED, office layout, and 5S. I also rolled out a T card system to simplify our admin tasks. It will avoid sending out lots of emails and having to chase people up.
“I really would recommend the ARTL course to other manufacturers.”
“This is the best lean manager’s course that I’ve ever been on. It was excellent and a lot of that was down to the people who were delivering it. They know a lot about our industry and it felt like they were talking directly to us.”
Operations Director Brian McKay, Smurfit Kappa
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