LEAN CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES
In addition to being Director of Safety and Health, Kurt Wildner is the Lean Facilitator and Quality Assurance Coordinator for Staff Electric.
Staff Electric’s commitment to lean construction techniques and the continuous improvement process drives us towards our pursuit of world-class performance. Our customers benefit from the application of lean techniques with lower project costs and projects completed ahead of schedule. Implementation of lean concepts enables us to identify and eliminate waste to streamline the construction process, thereby increasing efficiency, productivity, quality, and safety.
Some of the Lean Construction tools used to provide added value to our customers:
– Value Stream Mapping: A tool for visually identifying value creating and non-value creating actions through the installation process.
– Just in Time: Working with our vendors for “just in time” material delivery significantly controls material handling costs on site. Vendors deliver exactly what is needed, just where it is needed, in just the right amount that is needed, and exactly when it is needed.
– Process Flow Analysis: This tool streamlines the flow of the process to minimize unnecessary transporting materials and motions (ergonomics).
– Prefabrication: Crafting sub-assemblies in a controlled manufacturing environment within our prefab shop reduces costs and improves component quality.
– 5S Workplace Organization: This tool is used for organizing the workplace to minimize wasted time with material and tool management. The 5 S’s are: Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain.
Employee empowerment and high performing work teams, a cornerstone of our lean process, has created a continuous improvement culture within our workforce providing significant returns to our customers.
Quality has been a core company value at Staff Electric for a long time. A formalized process ensures quality receives a lot of attention throughout every phase of the construction project. Quality management begins with a pre-construction meeting to uncover potential problems and head them off before they become costly errors. Throughout the installation, quality is inspected, monitored, and tracked utilizing checklists. This process drives a “Do it right the first time” culture with a goal of zero defects and rework. As our culture evolves, zero punch list items have become more common. Finally, through the commissioning process, a review of equipment installations is held with the customer. Additionally, the owner is trained on how to operate equipment/controls, and receives all equipment manuals, shop drawings, warranties, inspection and testing reports, and as-built drawings. In conclusion, customers realize our quality assurance process provides value through the reduction in project costs and time, thereby consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations.