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Excited to be providing our Aeroplane Game Simulation workshops in the Lower South Island.

aeroplane Game

Inviting all manufacturing and operational team leads and their managers from Dunedin, Cromwell, and Waitaki to experience productivity gains in a fun learning environment. Find out what the benefits are from Lean manufacturing practices whilst building Lego planes. Although demonstrated in a manufacturing setting, the process improvement practices work for any process in many sectors including the building industry, professional service providers, and distribution.

The Aeroplane Game simulation begins with a little bit of chaos, typical of many businesses.  As the simulation progresses, the teams face various challenges which improve processes and flow, by using Lean principles and techniques. The facilitator guides teams through the identification of issues and waste, then helps them to develop and implement improvement ideas.

Still not able to meet increasing sales demand, the teams need to rethink their strategy. The focus then falls onto a number of areas and Lean principles:

  • The Theory of Constraints is discussed, and principles are applied to eliminate some of the major issues faced by the production teams.
  • Process and materials flow also come under the microscope, so teams are encouraged to discuss issues and ideas for eliminating or minimising problems.
  • 5S is an important factor affecting the process steps, so the teams are shown the basic 5S principles, which are then implemented.

It soon becomes apparent that teamwork will be essential if the production is to meet demand. Encouraging teamwork and developing a code of conduct is all part of this process.

Aeroplane Game Workshop Dates:

Aeroplane Game Content Includes:

  • Teamwork – Code of conduct, what makes a good team, roles, and responsibilities
  • 5S – Workplace organisation and the visual workplace
  • Process and materials flow
  • Theory of Constraints (ToC)
  • Set-Up Time Reduction (SUTR)
  • The 8 wastes
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Improvement Cycle
  • Cost factors

These workshops are delivered by Arron Stewart and Geerten Lengkeek who will demonstrate how Continuous Improvement and Lean practices can reduce costs and drive performance in any business, using industry examples of today’s participants.