Original Date: 05/12/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Continuous Improvement: Machete Program
Known for its quality products, Cincinnati Milacron is committed to continuous improvement through its Total Quality Leadership approach. A key element of this approach is the Machete program which encourages total employee involvement in Cincinnati Milacron’s continuous improvement efforts, and uses a disciplined process to address employee improvement suggestions.
In addition to the total employee involvement process, the Machete program provides an information data resource for parts manufacturing groups and a standardized, cost-per-hour reduction tracking mechanism. The process begins when an employee submits an improvement suggestion. Through a unique closed-loop feedback system, all submitted suggestions receive a response. Monthly reports and quarterly reviews also provide a focus for the results. Besides improving the manufacturing methods used within a group, the Machete program encourages “best methods” sharing between the various manufacturing groups. The program offers employees an opportunity to influence corporate manufacturing processes, and helps Cincinnati Milacron increase its global competitiveness which, in turn, contributes to its profitability and employees’ profit sharing program.
By implementing the Machete program, Cincinnati Milacron has strengthened its Total Quality Leadership commitment. Encouraging suggestions at the grass roots level and providing feedback on employee suggestions will assist Cincinnati Milacron in maintaining its commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
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