Legos Equals Engagement
Make change easy: Build and share your vision first
Presentation Code: VS6-01
Value Stream: VS6 - Collaborative & Innovative Lean
Day & Time: Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 - 9:30 AM
Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Like many companies, in the early days Sur-Seal's lean journey was unsustainable and had a short life. The lean journey sometimes seemed too much to handle. However, by using simple children's Lego blocks, Sur-Seal found a tool that greatly helped it implement and sustain many lean initiatives. In fact, Sur-Seal strongly believes Lego blocks will help to make the improvement changes needed in its plant by allowing employees to better visualize what these changes will look like. Lego blocks may be all you need to help sustain your lean journey and this presentation will show you how this works at Sur-Seal.
In this presentation:
- Hear about the early challenges Sur-Seal had when it first implemented lean.
- Find out why the company decided to use Lego blocks to help them visualize lean changes.
- Learn how Sur-Seal uses Lego blocks to help them implement and sustain lean initiatives.
- Hear about the success achieved by using Lego blocks.
- Find out how using simple tools like Lego blocks may help your business on its lean journey.
Sur-SealA privately held, family-owned U.S. company, Sur-Seal is a leading provider of high-quality engineered gaskets, seals and rubber-related parts for the HVAC, lighting, medical and electronics industries. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sur-Seal produces parts for OEMs around the globe. The company's products address a wide variety of sealing needs, from gas to thermal and even sound. Sur-Seal has been ISO certified since 1996.
Mick WilzMick Wilz and his two brothers are the second generation owners of Sur-Seal, a family business started by their father. As a child, Mick was diagnosed with dyslexia. However, he did not let that stop him. That's because he strongly believes that the true way to learn is by doing - and the family business gave him a place to experiment. As an adult, Mick was retested, only to discover that he is exceptional and that his true strength is his ability to visually see what others cannot. Mick ran production at Sur-Seal from 1990 to 2008 and now holds the title of director of enterprise excellence.
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