The CIWS for the year 2019 was very engaging in that it had two industry tour to JENDAMARK and ISUZU. The JENDAMARK tour enlightened us about the practical application of Industry 4.0 and the use of Virtual Reality in manufacturing in the South African context. The application of the Toyota Kata and SMED was also very empowering more especially in that it was a very practical offering.
The event was well organized and structured. The content was well presented and proved very relevant in terms of real-world situation application. They conducted the simulation sessions very well and it proved extremely helpful in bedding down the theory. All the information can be taken back to the shop floor and add immediate value to the CI program.
The two-day workshop this year with a factory tour on the third morning raised the bar even higher than previous years high standard. The presenters and facilitators were good and well prepared and could partake with their practical knowledge in an understandable, fun and binding way. A provoking experience in group dynamics, thinking and problem solving paired with a hands-on taste of virtual reality application. Wow! It was great!
The CIWS was an eventful 2 days where it exposed us to different tools and techniques that are used throughout the manufacturing sector. We were given great insights into the future of manufacturing and what is possible, as well as what is currently being used in industry. The workshop was also a great place to network with other professionals from various industries and get their insights and views. The food was also a highlight.
CIWS is a well thought out event cropped to give you a practical and clear understanding of how to start or improve your journey of Continuous Improvement. The lecturers were well prepared with relevant materials bringing across the fundamentals of CI and how to achieve objectives. Being in the tech driven world we are, it was great to see that there are inexpensive solutions to CI and how important it is not to be left behind.
This yearly event benefits anyone responsible for carrying out improvement initiatives or coaching teams to that are responsible for Continuous Improvement. They would typically be from a supervisory level upwards and would include operations, engineers, quality assurance and lecturing staff. University lecturers are also keen participants at these events, as it provides them with an up-to-date view on current manufacturing trends.
If you are interested in taking part next year, or in sponsoring a topic for discussion, please contact Karla Vermaak to find out more. firstname.lastname@example.org
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