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Two-way communication

  • Ellex

Communication at Ellex Medical Lasers. Sharing information with the workforce

High skills and ownership of a process

  • Ellex

A highly skilled employee at Ellex, involved in the production of a whole component

High skills and complex jigs and fixtures

  • Ellex

Skilled workers are best placed to suggest improvements to how they work and improvements to the jigs and fixtures they use

Highly skilled workforce

  • Ellex

Investment in training gives employees the skills required to make high quality products

Ownership of a process

  • Ellex

Working in a cell or on a single component can give employees a sense of ownership

High quality products

  • Ellex

Producing high quality products provides some insulation from low cost competition, moreover, premium markets generate premium profit margin

Automation of production

  • Bickfords

Efficient movement of products between machines through automation

Soft automation

  • Bickfords

Machines with the ability to undertake a range of tasks or to a range of specifications

Technology requires skilled workers

  • Bickfords

High tech automation requires the upskilling of workers to deal with more complex procedures

Automating the 'back end'

  • Bickfords

Laser guided trucks improve efficiency, accuracy of orders and accuracy of inventory checks 

Quality and diversity

  • Bickfords

Experimenting with new products can lead to a dominant market position 

Vertical integration

  • Bickfords

Bickford's have greater control over the supply chain as they now blow their own bottles

Two-way communication

  • Bickfords

Sharing financial, output and performance data with the workforce through prominent noticeboards

Control of the supply chain

  • Seeley

Making components 'in-house' rather than buying them externally allows greater control over price and quality (building motors)

Multi-skilled workforce

  • Seeley

Multi-skilled employees can do different jobs around the workplace, allowing for fluctuations in demand and improving flexibility

Vertical integration

  • Seeley

Seeley International undertakes is own plastics moulding guaranteeing the quality of the product

Cell component assembly

  • Seeley

Assembly in cells gives employees ownership of a component or process

Product innovation

  • Seeley

Research can result in the development of new and improved products

Teamwork

  • Seeley

Team work in cells can be a more efficient production method and more enjoyable for employees

Seeley International

  • Seeley

 

Efficient automation

  • Seeley

Large robot arms bought by Seeley International to move components efficiently between machines

Ownership

  • Seeley

Employees are given ownership of a process or machine which gives them a sense of responsibility, pride in their work and focus on quality  

Continuous improvement

  • Seeley

 Bottom-up communication channels give employees the opportunity to make suggestions and efficiency improvements

Flinders University, Australian Industrial Transformation Institute (AITI)