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Over the last two years, Tubacex Taylor Accesorios (TTA) has been promoting
TxPS (Tubacex Production System) as a management system based on
employees’ participation.

Moreover, this tool has facilitated the digital transformation of the plant with measures oriented to enhancing visibility and management of production data in real-time. It has also enabled a physical transformation aimed to improving the workplace in terms of safety, quality, productivity and the environment.
Thanks to this system, employees play an active role in continuous improvement. In addition to daily and weekly meetings already in place, a weekly calendar indicating the person responsible for continuous improvement has been installed. As a result, the person responsible can make improvement suggestions which are described in an action plan along with the resources and defined timescale, and lead the process to completion. Improvement actions are shared with plants manufacturing the same product range in Italy and Thailand.
Regarding digitalization of production data, this initiative kicked off with the marking of work in progress areas (WIP) and the reading of barcodes in order cards. These barcodes provide information on the sequence and status of orders to facilitate work flow and can also be shared in real time with all employees through the screens.
Regarding physical transformation, visual management methods have been implemented to facilitate sequences by identifying elements and places (5S). Various improvement actions have also been deployed, such as floor and machine marking, new panels for tools and measurement equipment, trolleys to move the materials in use or reducing the use of cranes, among others.

Employees play an active role in continuous improvement

During this process, training plans have been launched to provide employees with tools which enable them to fulfill their roles in a multi-functional way. A good example of this is the accreditation given by the National Non-Destructive Testing Association in methods such as visual inspections, penetrating fluids, NDT particles and ultrasound. Furthermore, a quality initiative has been introduced in production with the publication of a catalog of raw materials or internal defects with its daily quantification. This initiative, along with the new Quality Control role at the plant, will contribute to guaranteeing process quality for each employee involved in production.