SWEP Sustainability Report 2020

Less waste, higher productivity Effective process improvements

For the second consecutive year, SWEP Kosice have implemented process improvements that have led to an outstanding reduction in their scrap rate. A program of measures – including training, employee retention, maintenance routines, expanded production audits, standardized procedures, and improvements in the work environment – has resulted in both productivity improvements and a 24% scrap rate reduction. Remarkably, they have cut their scrap rate by almost 43% over the last two years. And our colleagues in Slovakia are not resting on their achievements. A new in-process measurement system has recently been installed, which will allow for data analysis in real time. With access to more precise data and trends, the engineering and quality teams should be able to improve processes and tools further, and deliver long-term benefits in both productivity and material utilization. Getting it right first time Every SWEP plant has improved their first pass yield – that is, the proportion of heat exchanger plates that are manufactured without the need for rebrazing – over the last twelve months. This improvement has boosted productivity and reduced lead times, and also contributing to better resource efficiency and lower energy use. The most impressive improvement was achieved at our Kuala Lumpur plant. There, first pass yield increased by 40%, which the site managers have attributed to better communication with production teams and a series of technical process improvements.

Higher productivity

Getting it right first time



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