The Fundamentals of World Class Manufacturing – Part I

As we explored last time, the process of becoming a World Class Manufacturing (WCM) organisation is similar to becoming a World Class F1 winning team.

Both require an unwavering commitment to excellence and continuous improvement from every member of the organisation.  (Admittedly there are fewer giant bottles of champagne when Manufacturing Organisations reach the WCM podium, but the sense of achievement is the same!)

WCM is the collective term for the most effective methodologies and techniques to reach the corporate objectives of:

  • Increased Transparency
    Continuous improvement through enhanced visibility of maintenance and manufacturing workloads, and root cause analysis.
  • Increased Productivity
    Production takes place with absolute minimum amount of waste, leading to an increase in quality and reduction in cost prevention.
  • Improved Communication
    WCM promotes connectivity across all departments, and between management and production employees.


There are 10 “Technical Pillars” that support WCM in an organisation:

The 10 WCM Technical Pillars from Idhammar Systems

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The resulting benefits from WCM can also be viewed within the context of each pillar:

  • Safety
    Prevent accidents, embedding safe behaviour and culture in the company
  • Cost Deployment
    Reduce the impact of problems from a waste and loss perspective
  • Focused Improvement
    Improve quality and productivity, and reduce costs by using appropriate and correct methods
  • Autonomous Activities
    Raise competence of shop floor employees by workplace; organisational layout in intensive labour areas and autonomous maintenance in capital intensive areas
  • Professional Maintenance
    Zero breakdowns and minimise maintenance cost
  • Quality
    Zero defects, zero waste
  • Customer Services and Logistics
    100% customer satisfaction, eliminating stock and maximising material handling
  • Early Equipment and Product Management
    Launch new equipment or products to aid competitiveness and minimise project costs and time
  • Personal Development
    Educate, train and nurture employees to make WCM everyone’s responsibility
  • Environment
    Control and reduce all environmental impact from Company operations

Each pillar needs a clear set of priorities to identify an Operation-critical machine or model area.  A “7-step” approach is then applied to determine Root Cause and prevent reoccurrence, moving the organisation from a reactive to preventative and ultimately proactive approach.

Next time…. The Fundamentals of WCM – Part II:

  • The seven step approach
  • The importance of attention to detail
  • The “paper trail”

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