CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Aerostar Group employees are dedicated to continuous improvement and providing quality products, on time, at a competitive price, through certification of AS9100D/ISO9001-2015, and active top management support. We utilize a variety of techniques to objectively review and improve our operations.

5S - 5S revolves around five ideas that make people more effective and efficient in their work. It earned its name because each of these five principles starts with the letter "S."

  • Sort: Keep only what is regularly used nearby
  • Straighten: Arrange the space so workers can find exactly what they need to use in less than 30 seconds
  • Shine: Ensure that the workplace and equipment are ready for immediate use
  • Standardize: Each job is done in the same way and everyone is challenged to offer ideas to improve it
  • Sustain:  Fostering a safe, efficient and effective workplace is everyone’s responsibility

DMAIC - DMAIC is an acronym that defines the five phases of a project methodology: define, measure, analyze, improve, control. These steps are used to help ensure that improvements are data-driven, measurable, and repeatable. The DMAIC improvement cycle is an effective technique for structured change management.

Gemba Walk - “Gemba” is the Japanese term for “where value is added or where the work takes place.” The Gemba Walk technique involves managers or supervisors going to the place where work gets done to observe and identify opportunities for improvement. Only after the walk is complete and a period of reflection has occurs are changes implemented

Kanban - The practice of Kanban originated at Toyota when they applied the visualization principles that are used by grocery stores to have on hand the right level of inventory.  The idea is to maximize the flow of goods and work. It is achieved through the four principles of Kanban:

  • Visualize the workflow
  • Limit the work-in-progress to a reasonable amount
  • Focusing on maintaining a steady flow
  • Continuously improve

Standard Work - Standard work is the documentation of the best practices for any process or task. It must be complete, accessible, and up to date. It forms the baseline for rapid improvement activities.

Root Cause Corrective Action – Root cause analysis (RCA) is a method of problem solving used for identifying the root causes of faults or problems. A factor is considered a root cause if removal thereof from the problem-fault-sequence prevents the final undesirable event from recurring; whereas a causal factor is one that affects an event's outcome, but is not a root cause.

FMEA – Failure Mode & Effects Analysis - Used across many industries, FMEA is one of the best ways of analyzing potential reliability problems early in the development cycle, making it easier for manufacturers to take quick action and mitigate failure. The ability to anticipate issues early allows us to design processes that result in reliable high quality products.

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) - Value stream mapping is a system of visualizing the connection of every action or process required to produce a product to the value it ultimately brings to the customer.