CIP stands for continuous improvement process, and is a complete management technique with methods and tools. Introducing CIP helps to ensure continuous improvement of work processes in the company by taking advantage of the skill and experience of individual employees.
Getting staff involved in planning and implementing changes also helps boost employee motivation and loyalty. The CIP process focuses on increasing productivity whilst also ensuring ergonomics, in order to protect and maintain the company’s most important asset: its staff.
The basic rules of CIP are as follows:
- The people charged with a task find the best solution
- The company adapts to constant requirements itself
- Improving economics in the workplace helps protect valuable staff, reducing sickness and downtime whilst boosting motivation and loyalty
Any savings made must be greater than the expense of the change process.
The structure of a CIP board
The CIP board is the most important tool for introducing CIP processes. It allows all employees to see intermediate results and achieved milestones, whilst also providing information about the success and development of the CIP process to those not involved. The contents of a CIP board can include:
- The results of workshops, such as cost savings or technical improvements within the value creation chain
- Photographic records of the current and target situation, or achieved improvements
- Profiles of the staff and trainers involved in the process
- Time plans detailing upcoming workshops, etc.
- All CIP-related activities
We can provide all the products and accessories you need to create a CIP board to control your processes. The following images show potential configurations.
Key performance indicators
Module 1: The result of the current situation analysis is compared with the target situation (the project task or goal, along with the requirements), and forms the basis for solution approaches. This makes it easy to see the key performance indicators derived from the company targets, quality goals, standard requirements or customer needs.
Area for suggestions and improvements
Module 2: The suggestions area is divided into multiple sections. The top section shows the decision-makers within the support team. Below this are the letterboxes with empty and submitted forms. Beneath the letterboxes are the various implementation steps. This makes the gathering of improvements and changes more visible.
Module 3: This part of the board shows how to comply with new standards. Staff working on the process sign the documents regularly to confirm compliance with the new standards. The name columns for the staff currently working on the project also gives the supervisor a constant overview of who is present in their team.
The Andon area gives an overview of key performance indicators in current production. It shows machinery downtimes or errors in material supply, for example. This makes it possible to compare the current and target situations for every stage in order to investigate the causes. The Deming cycles in the records immediately indicate the current production conditions, such as machinery availability.