The Wabtec Performance System (WPS) is a collection of tools and methodologies
designed to foster continuous improvements in quality, delivery, cost,
productivity and product development. The ideals embodied in WPS, including
the constant pursuit of quality, continuous improvement and the elimination of
waste, are ingrained in the Wabtec culture and produce meaningful, substantial
results. Wabtec aggressively applies a variety of WPS techniques to its
business, manufacturing and product development processes throughout the
corporation to generate improvements that benefit all stakeholders. The company
also offers WPS training to customers.
Some of the tools and techniques in the WPS toolbox include:
Kaizen, which means continuous
improvement, is a technique that facilitates immediate, measurable
improvements on the shop floor, as well as in the support
areas of shipping, engineering and finance. All Wabtec companies
are required to hold at least one, three-day "blitz"
Kaizen event annually and to conduct ongoing continuous improvement
projects year round. Results include optimized use of floor
space, labor and equipment; reduced work-in-process inventories;
increased inventory turns; and improved safety and quality.
Priority Deployment is
a planning and implementation process that focuses the efforts
of all employees on achieving major, breakthrough objectives
that support the long-term goals of the enterprise.
the foundation of most Six-Sigma programs, is a proven, systematic
methodology that targets the root cause of product quality
or performance problems that are otherwise difficult to identify
and, thus, correct.
Value Stream Mapping is
used to study the steps in any given process to identify and
eliminate or change those actions that do not add value to
the customer. This tool essentially purges bottlenecks and
waste from business processes, thereby reducing time and costs.
It is particularly valuable in targeting critical processes
that would benefit from Kaizen.
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