About Us – Lean Manufacturing
Thomson Reuters’ Core Publishing Solutions (CPS) goal is to continually bring value to our customers by improving our processes and eliminating waste throughout the manufacturing system. Over ten years ago, in order to further that effort, we chose to embark on a relatively new concept at the time: lean manufacturing.
We began with a few 6S events. The benefit of an organized, efficient workplace was quickly recognized and events spread across the plant, took root and continue to be sustained to this day.
After our initial introduction to lean, departments have grown in their knowledge of lean and have applied appropriate lean tools to drive efficiencies and elimination of waste throughout the plant. Some of these include value-stream mapping, standard work and visual controls. All of these and others have supported process improvements and improved quality for our customers.
Most recently CPS has taken the next step in our evolution by establishing a lean leadership structure. The goal of lean leadership is to enhance visibility of the process on the manufacturing floor to all levels making current conditions clear to everyone. This is achieved through the use of Tier boards, Gemba walks by management, capture and resolution of continuous improvement ideas and Leader Standard Work. Although relatively new, Lean Leadership has been quickly adopted.
As in any lean approach, benefits must be realized in order to be sustained. This cannot happen without an engaged workforce. We are fortunate in that regard. As you can see by a video we produced in 2012, the value and support for lean in the plant is clearly demonstrated by our employees and continues to supports our position in the marketplace: