Carinafour’s daily management system, C4 Floor Management, has been developed to respond to the requirements of our customers in the marine industry. C4 Floor Management is a part of the C4 Production System and in line with the principles of Kaizen; it is in continuous development in our company. Carinafour’s daily management system is an integral part of production scheduling, safety planning, communication and control. C4 Floor management also enables continuous development of production and manufacturing processes while ensuring fulltime controllability of production processes.
With the newly organised one-piece flow logistics, the materials are gathered to picking train wagons and the quantities of the materials have been synchronised with the set takt time of the assembly line. All of the quantities and delivery times in each wagon are known which assists the logistics employees in knowing what the assembly line employees need at different times and subsequently reduce the need to go back and forth to collect materials. Changing the logistics process has also resulted in increasing the number of the picked materials; before, the materials that were directly taken to the assembly line with a forklift truck are now also loaded to the picking train wagons with the rest of the materials, consequently reducing the forklift truck traffic inside the assembly hall.
Production workers utilise the principles of Kaizen every day by identifying problems in the processes they are involved in and by making improvements related to reducing waste and non-value added in the processes. Process improvements can be introduced faster when already in the production line problems are identified and decisions made about the improvements in the parts of the processes that are fairly easy to execute. Kaizen also requires efficient background processes so that the people making continuous improvement are motivated in what they do and feel that the suggestions related to improvements they have pointed out are heard. At Carinafour, all of the identified problems and improvement suggestions are collected and discussed in daily management meetings.