In 2020, McNally Joinery wanted to transform the business. They an Irish award winning family owned business. They have been in operation for over 40 years at Lusk, North County Dublin. The team of over 30 staff specialise in the manufacture of bespoke timber Staircases, Internal & External Doors, and Windows for the commercial and private market. Offering a complete customer joinery solution, they are also winners of Irish Joinery Awards and a Plan Expo Award.
Identifying an Opportunity
In March 2020, McNally Joinery completed a Lean Business Training course with ETAC. During this course, the company identified a workflow problem that was having a significant impact on their business. The main issue was cost and time over-runs on the jobs.
Certainly, many days got off to a slow start. Vans were late leaving the premises. This in turn delayed their starting time and had a knock-on effect for the rest of the day. In addition, when the vans arrived back at the business premises in Lusk, they didn’t have enough time to load the vans for the next day.
For this reason, the team reported a number of key areas to be addressed:
- Jobs were being changed at short notice.
- Information on the job was not always readily available.
- There was missing information about materials materials on the job sheet.
- Some materials were not ready. Sometimes, they were not all in the one place.
- There was no dedicated loading area.
Evaluating the Situation
Bringing all the team together to look at each issue was a key component of this exercise. The team identified solutions to the situation. Next, they evaluated and implemented these ideas. Simple but effective solutions worked best. All staff members used their creativity to provide important and useful suggestions to eliminate this problem and improve the value stream.
Furthermore, they set up a whatsapp group to share information among the relevant team members. One person was tasked with co-ordinating and preparing the jobs for the following day. Then, they circulated the schedule for the following week to the fitters. Next, the company set up a loading bay area with all the materials ready for each job. Finally, they stocked all the company vans with the required equipment.
I attended a Lean Program which was supported by Fingal LEO (Local Enterprise Office). During the training and mentor sessions, I found brilliant tools that I can use to make impactful improvements across the business. We believe these tools will help us transform the business.
Implementing the Changes
After implementing the changes, McNally Joinery saved at least 30 minutes per fitter per day. This equated to 5.3 hours per week resulting in additional revenue of almost €12,000 per annum. Moreover, management have acknowledged that they have invested in tools that they believe will contribute to further time savings.
Although daunting at first, you get out what you put into the program. A special thank you to Martina Murphy for her fantastic mentor skills which she put to use at our mentor sessions. We have begun our next Lean project and are truly driving towards a Lean culture across the organisation.
Are you interested in applying Lean thinking to your business and putting these ideas into practice? Do you want to transform the business?
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