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Improvement is a matter of long breath

Gert-Jan van Kreuningen of  Wifac analysed at Hexspoor Bookbinding at Boxtel (NL) the  bindery process. The staff devised together with Gert-Jan a large number of improvements that resulted in increasing the productivity. "Improvement is a matter of long breath," says production director Riens Timmer. At Hexspoor Bookbinding in Boxtel about seventy people are busy every day with the sewing and adhesive binding of books

It seems to be a well-oiled machine. "This is true", says Riens Timmer, "but there is always room for improvement. The market is changing and therefore you should continue to improve your productivity. " That seems equally logical as easy, but the practice is obstinate. You do'nt change habits that creep in over the years from one day to the other. People are accustomed to a certain way of working, you cannot just change that Improvement "is a matter of long breath. Persisting", Timmer said.

Striking Affairs
Two years ago Hexspoor decided to critically look at the folding. Timmer asked for the help of Wifac. Gert-Jan van Kreuningen ist the right expert for this question. "Folding is my hobby  ", says Gert-Jan. "I look around, talk extensively with the operators and see all sorts of notable affairs. I create a report with my findings, and we start working." One of the things he noted was that Hexspoor did not work  with production standards in their production. Riens: "If you know how fast a machine is running, you can plan better and calculate sharper. We also noted that orders sometimes stayed in the warehouse too long, out of sight of the folding team. A third point where improvements could be made was the routing through the company."

First-class professional
Gert-Jan: "Inventory of bottlenecks is the easiest. Then you have to convince people, for example, from the fact that a machine can run faster. Together with the operators you have to think about improvements. A higher production doesn't always have to mean that you should work harder. So together with them we found out that one of the cutting machines did not stand on the right place. They had to walk back and forth too far with pallets. You can solve such a bottleneck together." That is exactly in line with the approach of Riens Timmer. "The employees should understand the need for improvements, otherwise they quickly fall back into old habits. The basic idea is ' we created it ourselves'. It helps that Gert-Jan is a first-class professional. Everyone listens to a "big, friendly giant" who knows what he's talking about."

Increased average productivity
A company wants to set up standards. That is often a tricky phase. Not everyone can operate a machine very well and machines also differ from eachother. Riens: "However you can't avoid to note how long you're adjusting a machine and making production. There are always tricky variables. The paper for instance. Does it run smoothly through the machine, or does it black up? You also look how long it takes before an order is moved from the warehouse. It makes a difference if the machine stands still during this time. Ultimately, the aim is that you improve the average productivity of the department. Improving productivity is a constant goal in this type of industry. We are pleased that Wifac can support us with this. It is essential that the staff realises the usefulness and necessity. Increasing productivity may be tricky, we are never ready. "

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Improvement is a matter of long breath

Gert-Jan van Kreuningen of  Wifac analysed at Hexspoor Bookbinding at Boxtel (NL) the  bindery process. The staff devised together with Gert-Jan a large number of improvements that resulted in increasing the productivity. "Improvement is a matter of long breath," says production director Riens Timmer. At Hexspoor Bookbinding in Boxtel about seventy people are busy every day with the sewing and adhesive binding of books

It seems to be a well-oiled machine. "This is true", says Riens Timmer, "but there is always room for improvement. The market is changing and therefore you should continue to improve your productivity. " That seems equally logical as easy, but the practice is obstinate. You do'nt change habits that creep in over the years from one day to the other. People are accustomed to a certain way of working, you cannot just change that Improvement "is a matter of long breath. Persisting", Timmer said.

Striking Affairs
Two years ago Hexspoor decided to critically look at the folding. Timmer asked for the help of Wifac. Gert-Jan van Kreuningen ist the right expert for this question. "Folding is my hobby  ", says Gert-Jan. "I look around, talk extensively with the operators and see all sorts of notable affairs. I create a report with my findings, and we start working." One of the things he noted was that Hexspoor did not work  with production standards in their production. Riens: "If you know how fast a machine is running, you can plan better and calculate sharper. We also noted that orders sometimes stayed in the warehouse too long, out of sight of the folding team. A third point where improvements could be made was the routing through the company."

First-class professional
Gert-Jan: "Inventory of bottlenecks is the easiest. Then you have to convince people, for example, from the fact that a machine can run faster. Together with the operators you have to think about improvements. A higher production doesn't always have to mean that you should work harder. So together with them we found out that one of the cutting machines did not stand on the right place. They had to walk back and forth too far with pallets. You can solve such a bottleneck together." That is exactly in line with the approach of Riens Timmer. "The employees should understand the need for improvements, otherwise they quickly fall back into old habits. The basic idea is ' we created it ourselves'. It helps that Gert-Jan is a first-class professional. Everyone listens to a "big, friendly giant" who knows what he's talking about."

Increased average productivity
A company wants to set up standards. That is often a tricky phase. Not everyone can operate a machine very well and machines also differ from eachother. Riens: "However you can't avoid to note how long you're adjusting a machine and making production. There are always tricky variables. The paper for instance. Does it run smoothly through the machine, or does it black up? You also look how long it takes before an order is moved from the warehouse. It makes a difference if the machine stands still during this time. Ultimately, the aim is that you improve the average productivity of the department. Improving productivity is a constant goal in this type of industry. We are pleased that Wifac can support us with this. It is essential that the staff realises the usefulness and necessity. Increasing productivity may be tricky, we are never ready. "

Hexspoor goes for lean & mean
Hexspoor was founded in 1945 by grandfather Hexspoor. Sylvan Hexspoor is the third generation that is leading the company. Hexspoor is worldwide known as an innovative company. Along with a number of other companies Hexspoor aims for lean production.