Kawasaki Precision Machinery (UK) Ltd is a provider of superlative power and control solutions, supplying quality hydraulic equipment around the world for mobile, industrial, construction, marine and many other engineering applications. Wherever there is a need for lifting, pumping, moving, steering, winch controlling or regulating, KPM equipment can be found working effectively and meeting the demanding needs of its customers.
Based at Plymouth in Devon, the Kawasaki factory is a highly automated manufacturing facility that covers 68,000 square meters, producing a wide range of pumps, piston motors, control valves and Staffa motors, and operating as the nerve centre for a network of more than 40 distributors in over 20 countries.
Committed to offering world-class products, Kawasaki utilises the latest hydraulic and electrohydraulic technology, and employs highly skilled specialist staff.
Introducing a Lean Methodology
As part of their drive to maintaining world-class standards and implementing a programme of continuous improvement across all areas, Kawasaki employed external training provider, Lean Education And Development (LEAD) to introduce the philosophy and tools of Lean and continuous improvement to the workforce. Teams were created and each allocated a specific area of production where the company felt productivity and efficiency could be improved, and quantifiable results produced. They were taught how to implement and utilise such Lean tools as 5S audits, Health & Safety audits, 5 Whys and 8 Wastes, Payback Matrix, Pareto analysis and Cause & Effect charts as a means of effecting change, reducing waste and increasing efficiency.