Lean Action Learning kicks off in North-west Tasmania

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The third BALT Lean Action Learning program was launched on May 1, 2014 in North West Tasmania. This follows the successful conclusion of the second program delivered in the Tamar Valley Region. The companies involved are Harvest Moon, Direct Edge and Petuna.

Harvest Moon, located at Forth, is a major grower and producer of cool climate vegetables. Woolworths is a major Australian customer. Their project relates to onion production and addresses growing strategies to match customer demands, sampling of incoming crops to determine crop profile, optimising the processing line to match customer orders and the crop profile and minimise labour cost, improved grading to reduce unnecessary downgrading of crop and pre-grading of cool store stock to reduce cool store energy usage. The team members are the Onion Field Officer, Quality Assurance Manager and Product Manager. The General Manager is Project Champion.

Direct Edge is a sheet metal manufacturer located in Burnie. The company is a major supplier to the Caterpillar manufacturing operations in Burnie and Thailand and employs advanced CAD-CAM technologies. Their project is focussed on reducing manufacturing lead time, improving delivery-in-full-on-time (DIFOT) and eliminating rework. Direct Edge program participants are the Assistant Factory Manager and the Laser Cutter operator. The General Manager is Project Champion.

Petuna is a seafood producer and processor. Their products include fresh and smoked salmon, ocean trout and wild caught fish. Once again Woolworths is a major customer. Their project relates to establishing effective sales and operations planning processes to achieve 100% order fulfillment. This involves a combination of IT systems, procedural, organisation development and culture change initiatives and encompasses the aquaculture operations in Strahan and the Tamar Valley, the factory in Devonport and Sales in Sydney. Team members are the Assistant Production Manager and the Accountant. The Operations Manager is Project Champion.

The five week intensive workshop process has been completed for each project and all three projects are now in the implementation phase. Project mentoring is proceeding. The Project Champions have met three times as an Advisory Panel to monitor and guide the development of the program. They are also beginning to work together as a cohort to advance their own development.

The program is scheduled to conclude at the end of March 2015.


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