Yara turns lemon­ade pro­ducer

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Yara Pil­bara has taken the hum­ble lemon­ade stand to a whole new level as part of a train­ing ex­er­cise to im­prove ef­fi­ciency at its am­mo­nia and tech­ni­cal am­mo­nium ni­trate plants on the Bur­rup Penin­sula.

More than 100 em­ploy­ees were in­volved in the ex­er­cise last week which saw teams work to pro­duce as much lemon­ade as they could in a lim­ited time­frame.

This was no road­side juicer and jug oper­a­tion, how­ever, with the Frank But­ler Cen­tre fully kit­ted out with pro­duc­tion lines con­sist­ing of boil­ers, kegs, bot­tlers and clean­ing sta­tions.

Yara Pil­bara gen­eral man­ager Chris Ri­jk­sen said the ex­er­cise was a fun way to chal­lenge the team to prac­tice prob­lem-solv­ing and identifying and elim­i­nat­ing non-value-adding ac­tiv­ity.

“The lemon­ade-mak­ing task ac­tively en­gaged our peo­ple in prob­lem-solv­ing and op­ti­mi­sa­tion and re­quired each team to col­lab­o­rate with each other to com­plete a se­ries of tasks ap­ply­ing the newly learned tech­niques,” he said.

“Key to any suc­cess­ful pro­duc­tion is clear think­ing, care­ful plan­ning, team work and daily con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment.

“The lemon­ade mak­ers had to pass through a va­ri­ety of stages in­clud­ing choos­ing the in­gre­di­ents, care­fully cre­at­ing the recipe and clean­ing and ster­il­is­ing the bot­tles to store the bev­er­age.”

Mr Ri­jk­sen said af­ter going through the im­prove­ment process, the lemon­ade pro­duc­tion out­put more than tripled while stick­ing to the high Yara safety stan­dard. The ex­er­cise was part of Yara In­ter­na­tional’s am­bi­tion to re­duce its costs by at least $US500 mil­lion ($A65.2 mil­lion) a year.

“This will not be done by blunt cost-cut­ting and staff re­duc­tion,” he said.

“In­stead, Yara is un­leash­ing the full ca­pac­ity of her em­ploy­ees by im­ple­ment­ing con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment ef­forts.”

Yara Pil­bara was the sixth Yara plant world­wide to un­der­take the chal­lenge.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Fred­eric Barre and Roxy Ashby on the lemon­ade factory pro­duc­tion line.

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