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ARGO TRACTORS, IMPROVED EFFICIENCY WITH THE “KAIZEN” PROJECT

Pressmeddelande   •   Dec 10, 2013 08:43 CET

Argo Tractors has set ambitious goals to maximise its manufacturing and associated processes through new material management, waste reduction techniques and inventory handling methods. This is closely linked to the introduction of new products and innovations that were presented at the World Convention in October and launched at Hanover's Agritechnica trade fair. This will cascade across the whole organisation to achieve the goals set down.

Argo Tractors has introduced the "Kaizen" project. A business management and manufacturing system already thoroughly tried and tested by many others. One that focuses on continuous improvement of industrial processes, quality, lead time reduction, reducing waste and the ensuing manufacturing costs.

All-round waste reduction is the basic principle of the Kaizen process, "waste" meaning everything that is unable to create added value, i.e. space that it not used in the best possible way, waiting times, unnecessary movement of materials and processes. The system is directed towards a continuous flow of the industrial process through optimized handling of components and tools. Materials are collected and brought to the assembly lines based on a system used by the "supermarkets" that puts the right components for each unit being assembled.

This technique simplifies the tasks of the assembly line workers and gives them time to correctly fit each piece during the assembly process which ultimately results in a quality process. It also makes for a cleaner, safer working environment as well as improving the overall appearance of the shop floor.

These changes in our manufacturing process achieved with the Kaizen project have cascaded throughout all the Argo Tractor factories, from Fabbrico to San Martino in Rio and Luzzara. Thanks to the project, our assembly lines are constantly upgraded with the introduction of new technologies, robotic systems and automatic equipment allowing us to work with the level of accuracy, reliability and safety required by the increasingly higher production standards of the new tractor ranges designed and manufactured by Argo Tractors.

 

Argo Tractors, with its headquarters in Fabbrico (Reggio Emilia), manufactures tractors under the Landini, McCormick and Valpadana brands and belongs to the Argo Industrial Group. Argo Tractors SpA has tripled its production volumes in little more than 10 years, with a remarkable growth in concrete results: the group turnover amounts to 500 million Euros. The enterprise numbers 1,600 employees and has 4 manufacturing plants, 8 business branches in various parts of the world, 130 overseas importers and 2,500 dealers. Statistics that have allowed the Landini, McCormick and Valpadana brands to achieve a significant standing in the domestic tractor market and to represent one of the most important international players, thus confirming the value of a successful group strategy.

 

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Antonio Salvaterra

Marketing Manager Argo Tractors S.p.A. – Via G. Matteotti, 7 – 42042 Fabbrico (RE) e-mail: antonio.salvaterra@argotractors.com


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