Did you know that most companies start off very well with their 5S implementations, but a small percentage sustain the improvements over time? The 5S is a process for: improving safety, workplace organisation, cleaning, efficient working and workflow in the workplace. It is simple to implement, but it is challenging to
In business, as in life in general, there are so many times where we can become stuck in place, simply spinning our wheels and making no progress forward. Not only does this stop growth, it leads directly to complacency. One of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid this is with the help of mentors. A mentor is s
Did you know that up to 85% of machine, product, quality, and service-related problems are caused by Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) not being followed? In Key 11 of the 20 Keys Operations Management System, the SOP is defined as “the current best method for producing products and services at consistent quality (Q
Did you know that in Key 9 of the 20 Keys Operations Management System (maintaining machines and equipment), reference is made to the ”3 Evils of Maintenance”? Research indicates that up to 60% of machine/equipment related problems which affect its availability, performance and quality of product produced, may be due t
From all of us at ODI – well done to Theo van Strijp (MD Grain Field Chickens), Landi van der Merwe, Rene van der Westhuizen (20 Keys facilitators) and the rest of the Grain Field Chickens team, for winning the prestigious SAIIE’s best Industrial Engineering work conducted, Award! The SAIIE Award for Best Industrial En
In February 2020, I received a site visit from Huibie Jones, MD of ODI. During her visit, she congratulated me for my enrolment on the 20 Keys E-Learning programme. I must admit I felt a bit overwhelmed, as I haven’t participated in any learning programmes for the past year. After her visit, weeks went by without me wo
Implementation of model workplaces is an effective way in which to energise implementation of the 20 Keys system and to bring about quick and visible change. With the 20 Keys implementation of safe and efficiently organised workplaces, the control and organisation of stores (like materials used in the production proces
I am often asked for a definition of operations excellence. My effort is the following: A continuous focus on strengthening an organisation’s operations improvement capability, through a system of knowledge that is embedded into the people, processes and technology, and which is the organisation’s way of working.