NewAge Industries’ Continuous Improvement team demonstrates our commitment to a philosophy and culture that concentrates on ongoing change for the better. As we expand our tubing manufacturing capacity to meet the current and future needs of customers, we remain committed to achieving process efficiencies in a safe work environment.
NewAge’s Continuous Improvement Engineers have years of process improvement experience and are well versed in Lean Six Sigma and Kaizen methodologies. Their positions are complimented by Process Engineer, Supplier Quality Engineer, and Quality Inspection and Assurance functions.
The Continuous Improvement Engineers share their experiences and work with employees to research, vet, and implement process and procedure changes. The Engineers examine and execute several improvements each month, leading to better workflows and a more proficient team. Recent changes include:
– Adjustments to NewAge’s hose braiding equipment for faster operation and improved production of braid reinforced thermoplastic and silicone hose
– iPad® installations at manufacturing workstations for easy access to production schedules, quicker data entry, and the reduction of printing and paper
– Revised work order processes, resulting in faster communication
– Reorganizing warehouse areas to gain space
Some improvements, such as increasing the size of storage area signs, seem minor, but for the workers reading the signs, it’s an important change.
All NewAge team members are undergoing training related to continuous improvement. Everyone is assigned to examine their workstations or office areas and select an improvement project for 5S, a Lean Six Sigma process designed to decrease waste and increase productivity. The assignments involving 5S, which stands for Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain, have resulted in safer work areas and better organized spaces that save time and increase efficiency.
Learn more about NewAge’s quality policy and improvements at https://www.newageindustries.com/quality-policy/