Omsktransmash: Lean Production Grows 15% More Efficient

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, February 19, 2016. Omsktransmash (a member enterprise of Ural Vagon Zavod Corporation) switched to lean production principles in January 2014; in only two years’ time, the system was introduced at most of the company’s production departments and saved the company 2.8m RUR last year (which exceeded the savings figures for 2014 by 15%), the company press service reports.

The lean production principles are a key component of the kaizen management. Developed in Japan, the system spread throughout the world and was adopted by hundreds of industrial enterprises.

At the core of the system is the organization of one’s working space in the way that most facilitates qualitative and quantitative improvements through sorting, streamlining, shining, standardizing, and sustaining (the 5S methodology).

‘There are currently 178 5S-organized areas at Omsktransmash, with a dozen more locations added every month (over 140 a year altogether),’ says acting Lean Production Promotion Director Maxim Shulgat.


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