DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee never fails to impress at the annual North America Quality Circle Competition (NAQCC)*. For the past 10 years, teams from DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee (DMTN) have taken home one of the top awards at the kaizen competition. This year, Team Six Pack kept the winning streak going, taking home the President’s Award, allowing the team to move on to the next level and represent North America in the global competition in Japan in November.
Team Six Pack focused on winder chokotei (unplanned idling or minor stops). As they dug deeper into the issue, they uncovered three root causes and identified countermeasures for each issue. Addressing these issues resulted in reduced faults and overall chokotei, reduced scrap, reduced cost for parts and improved team efficiency on the line. This ultimately leads to better quality alternators, where the team’s rotors end up.
While the team made significant improvements to DENSO’s overall quality and business operations, they walked away with individual successes as well:
“For 21 years now, I’ve been doing kaizen, and I’ve learned that there are many angles to a great quality circle. We saw ideas from all areas of safety, quality, cost and delivery. The experience taught me that everyone can be part of a kaizen team and make a difference for the company, their team, and for every individual who wears a DENSO shirt.
“During this project, I realized, the answer was right in front of us the whole time. We just needed to follow the proper steps, in the proper order, and let the answers reveal themselves to us. Sometimes the smallest detail, something you see every day, could be the answer. Do not let abnormal become normal!” – Sam Estes
“My favorite part of the NAQCC event was the team building activities. I also enjoyed watching the other presentations. I enjoyed the team building part of the competition most though because we were able to interact with the other teams and get to know many people from many different plants.” – KC Cunningham
Congratulations to Team Six Pack!
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Our people are the core of everything we do – our commitment to safety and quality, our drive to develop innovative products and give back to our communities. Our success comes from our associate’s diverse talents and strong passion.
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NAQCC is the North America Quality Circle Competition, a regional competition for DENSO’s top quality circle teams to demonstrate their skills in team building, leadership, computer knowledge, public speaking, and problem-solving. Quality circle teams consist of a group of associates, working together to identify, analyze and solve work-related problems. DENSO has thousands of quality circle teams across the globe, helping DENSO reduce costs, increase quality, efficiency and safety, and preserving and protecting the environment.