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It was around 1898, when Kodak created the suggestion system to get more involvement from their employees. The first suggestion was, “Clean the windows!” A simple request, but the problem was it put the burden on the supervisor to do it. Quickly, the suggestion system became a cost saving system where the worker would get 10% of the savings. In America, the average employee came up with a suggestion every seven years.
Japanese companies copied the system, and around 1970, it became a real involvement system. Toyota received 70 implement ideas per employee in the 1980s and saved multi-millions of dollars. A client of mine in Oregon, DCI, received 150 implemented ideas per employee.
One lady at DCI, worked on around 20 parts upside down and ruined them. She invented a new fixture that forced her to do it right.
The process is:
- The employee looks around their own work area to discover problems and opportunities that they can identify and that they can implement.
- The write it down on a suggestion form.
- They create an improvement idea.
- They test it; they might get approval from their supervisor.
- Then take before and after pictures or a video.
- Then post the pictures up on a wall to share with others or post on You Tube.
- Then determine the value of what they saved.
- The company posts summary results.
Michael Moore, at Technicolor, worked on a line, just turning covers over. He did about 8,000 a day. He took some wood and cardboard and put it on the line that automatically closed the covers without him. He eliminated his job.
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