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SA 5000


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A Common Interest Work Group presented by SIRF Roundtables SA.

Attendance is free for people from member companies of SIRF Roundtables in SA.

What applies to operations applies to maintenance – what are your organisation’s efforts at implementing lean in maintenance like?

Lean ‘tools’, such as 5S, single-minute exchange of dies (SMED), standard work and kanban, all can be used to great effect in the maintenance department. For example, with 5S, everything should have a designated place and be in its place, saving time in finding it, putting it away, and ultimately reducing how long maintenance activities take. Principles from SMED would have us install quick disconnects for hydraulic units; standard work can vastly improve tool maintenance; visuals for managing maintenance activities and a kaizen schedule for targeted areas or equipment that need improvement. (Yes, you can organise a kaizen event on an underperforming asset!)

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Tools like value stream mapping can be used for processes like the MRO procurement cycle. If there is a tool crib, implement a kanban system for spare parts and consider vendor-managed inventory (VMI). Just like inventory for operations, when we know our demand for spares we can manage them at a lower cost. Converting to VMI can reduce time spent managing small parts and swap inventory on the balance sheet for cash.

Whether you have a deeply ingrained Lean Maintenance system, or have not started on this journey, you will get a lot from sharing at this event. Join your peers as we discuss topics like:

    • Lean training for Maintenance personnel
    • Techniques for managing 5S in Maintenance areas
    • Benefits of Kanban for tools and spares
    • Reliability Engineers and Asset Managers role in Lean Maintenance
    • How to get started with Lean in Maintenance
    • The benefits of Lean principles in Maintenance


    8:40 am - Arrive and check in
    9:00 am - Prompt start with safety information and introductions
    9:30 am - Group defines expectations for the day
    Followed by group discussion / presentations
    12:00 - 12:30 pm - Lunch (provided)
    Followed by a site tour and continued discussion
    2:15 pm - Wrap up & event feedback
    2:30 pm - Event ends

    Who Should Attend?

    SIRF Common Interest Work Groups are for anyone interested in the topic of the day, and have the broadest attendance range of any of our events. Chances are good that if you’ve read this far, this event is for you!

    About SIRF Rt Common Interest Work Groups

    All SIRF Rt events are designed to provide a safe environment for open discussion with peers on the topic of interest they are working on, in and around. SIRF Rt Common Interest Work Groups (CWIG’s) provide the best forum for peer-to-peer learning and best practice sharing. Participants are asked to bring something for ‘show and tell’ about the topic of the day as it applies at their organisation – it could be a full presentation, a few photos, a brief descriptions of their current efforts, a couple of charts or graphs – anything that will help improve the discussion or other participants’ understanding of your workplace. After each company shares the deeper discussion follows, guided by our practiced facilitators.

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    What are the PPE requirements?

    Long pants, long sleeves, safety boots and hi-vis vest

    When do I need to register by?

    Registration typically closes three business days before the event for Common Interest Work Groups


    This event is included in SIRF Roundtable membership

    Who can I contact for further information?

    Sean Lewis 0466 256 736

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    SA 5000


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