Employee takes Lean Manufacturing to new level after company SC21 award.

Coventry based Arrowsmith Engineering has once again been recognised for continued high levels of quality and delivery performance by retaining Silver SC21.


Coventry based Arrowsmith Engineering has once again been recognised for continued high levels of quality and delivery performance by retaining Silver SC21 award level at the end of 2017.

On the back of this, one particular employee, Production Manager Kevin Rist, has made his own spectacular personal journey inspired by the ethos of the Continuous Improvement Lean Manufacturing that is at the core of SC21.

Although, Kevin was proud to accept the 2016 SC21 award on behalf of Arrowsmith he was horrified by how overweight he looked on photos of the presentation which were widley circulated in press and media. For Kevin, a former local amateur footballer with Hinckley Town, this was a the wake up call he needed to implement his own Lean Strategy to reduce his weight from the twenty stones plus it had become.

Kevin set about doing all the usual livestyle changes needed to lose weight correctly as calorie control, nutitional adice, regular gym visits and a personal trainer. However, he also knew it would help his motivation, and make things more fun, if he could somehow incorporate his work role, which is very target driven, into the process.

Arrowsmith was only too pleased to support Kevin in this, especially as it fitted in perfectly with the company's own focus on employee welfare which had recently resulted in the gaining of a National Health and Wellbeing Award. The upshot of all this resulted in Kevin having his own personal company KPI (Key Performance Indicator) which featured on the SQD board in the main company office. 

In addition, Kevin was required to give colleagues weekly updates on his progress as his weight steadily and successfully came off. To date Kevin has now lost an amazing six and a half stones (over 40 Kilos) and lost over six inches from his waistline meaning this is one KPI target that has been well and truly smashed!

The difference in Kevin is all too apparent and Arrowsmith felt it would be only fitting for him to once again recieve the SC21 award on behalf of the company to showcase hos successful both have been in implementing Lean! 

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