Read this article about Webasto, one of our finalists, in the category Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver an outstanding Value Creation or Innovation Execution Project, selected by the independent judging panel, for the 2019 Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Industry Awards program. Click here to read articles on other finalists.
Webasto Roof Systems Americas (WRS-AM) is a subsidiary of Webasto Group, a global innovative systems partner to almost all automobile manufacturers and among the top 100 suppliers in this industry sector. Webasto Group global sales topped 3.5 billion euro in 2017 with the largest share generated by WRS-AM. With locations in Michigan, Kentucky and Guanajuato (MX), WRS-AM employs approximately 1,861 individuals and is a global market leader offering the world’s broadest product range of sliding and panorama roofs.
In 2017, WRS-AM executed a special project, Revamping the REAP. REAP (Recognizing Excellence and Accomplishments in People) was a program that allowed colleagues to submit continuous improvement ideas. Through listening sessions, a culture workshop, and a change communication Summit we discovered 359 open REAPs in Michigan and 114 open REAPs in Kentucky. Of those 473 unaddressed REAP submissions, approximately 16% were over five years old, 24% were over two years old, and 21% were over a year old. Consequently, revamping the REAP was to be represented at a continuous improvement workshop in Germany. Our IDEA (Improvements Driven by Empowered Actions) program is a result of this project.
The IDEA program is our colleague improvement proposal system used to reward colleagues for continuous improvement ideas. The new and improved program encourages colleagues to become innovative participants in Webasto’s future and to think about work in new, creative ways. The program reduces WRS-AM’s operational costs, risks, and subsequently increases revenue. Through continuous improvement processes the IDEA program promotes problem solving, and improves quality and satisfaction with our customers. We now offer the program to all colleagues, and have made submitting suggestions a well understood process to eliminate confusion. We have included rewards that show colleagues they are appreciated for their ideas.
With the IDEA program, we have accumulated just under $100,000 in documented savings and have potentially saved over half a million dollars because of submitted ideas. Many IDEA submissions provide us ways to prevent and avoid unpredictable future costs. Because of the unpredictable nature of cost avoidance, the exact amount of money saved through our quality related IDEAs cannot be precisely calculated.
An example of an idea with a clear cost savings amount is a submission we received involving a change in label usage. We had label roll that could only fit a specific sized label. The implementation team for the IDEA changed our label roll so that we could purchase less expensive labels. This simple change saved us $12,384 a year, and earned the team 10% of the savings.
The IDEA program is our way of encouraging innovation and rewarding colleagues for their contributions. Taking an innovative approach to continuous improvement means having every colleague be a part of the process. With the IDEA program, colleagues have a real impact on WRS-AM. Together, we make financial gains and support our customers through operational excellence practices and value generating projects like the IDEA program.
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The winners for all categories and for The Platinum Awards will be announced at The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards on Wednesday March 20th, 2019, from 6.30pm, in the Venetian Ballroom at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort®.
The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all organizations, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Operational Excellence programs to deliver outstanding business results.
The 2019 Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit on March 20, 2019 in the Venetian Ballroom at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando™
BTOES is the industry’s biggest and best, senior-level, cross-industry gathering of Business Transformation & Operational Excellence industry leaders and senior executives.
It also hosts the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards, which showcase globally the most outstanding organizational achievements through the application of Operational Excellence programs.
The summits hosts a number of private forums for C-Level & Global corporate-level leaders as well as business unit heads.
With over 150 speakers, over 100 sessions, 12 Keynotes, 9 Track Themes, 5 parallel tracks, 60+ track sessions, 50 roundtable discussions, 20 Interactive Workshops, 6 Thought Leader Panels, 5 Leaders Boardrooms, 5 co-located events, the Industry Awards Program, Site Visits, 20+ hours of social networking including 2 gala cocktail parties, dinners, numerous group activities, this is the ultimate event to benchmark, network and drive Operational Excellence to the next level.
There is a strong focus on Cultural Transformation, Customer Delight, Sustaining an Operational Excellence program, Need for end-to-end Business Transformation, Keeping up with new technologies/impact of digitalization and Leadership Buy-in & Understanding. We dedicated two tracks to advanced technologies, such as AI, Machine Learning, RPA, Predictive Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud infrastructure etc.
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