General Cable Corporation cuts costs and increases revenue through Lean and Six Sigma implementation

Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma has helped General Cable Corporation’s plant in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, cut costs by $360,000. Simultaneously, the revenue of the company soared by 21.5 percent in 2004. The production unit brings out 20 million feet of black jacketed underground electrical cable, which reaches customers in North America.

The plant ensured the involvement of all 31 production workers as self-directed work teams, operating equipment, carrying out preventive maintenance, ensuring quality assurance, holding kaizen events and implementing safety audits. The team involvement of the workers yielded the desired results for 2004. reports:

Its team techniques are made up of three production teams, one for each shift. They’re supported by technical coordinators for production, quality, maintenance, finance and process improvement.