CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IN AST: THE BACK TO BASICS PROJECT
Back to basics represents a change in terms of corporate culture which wishes to focus on the value of humility and simplicity and on the maximum involvement of all. It is no coincidence that its main tools are pencil, paper and colours. The method consists in measuring, sharing and improving TOGETHER, starting from the concept that every result achieved is a beginning and forms the basis for achieving another one.
The key point of a lean transformation is the person, his/her attitude, his/her preparation and his/her training. To date, AST has trained 1,700 employees with classroom and field activities and a training plan has been defined throughout 2017 which aims to reach all employees.
Back to basics started in June 2016 and involved the whole of AST: from the central plant in Terni to the external production units of the Tubificio Division and the Finishing Centre, up to Terninox, its subsidiary in Milan. To date, all production lines are organised and managed according to visual management standards that, through the use of simple tools, allow full control of production efficacy and efficiency with the maximum involvement of all operators in accordance with the logics and tools of continuous improvement. Data comparison, results verification and structured resolution tools are our fellow travellers along this journey.