Optimising the use of resources Optimising the use of resources The electrician used to install, check, and repair (if necessary) the various electronic parts belonging to injection moulding tools, such as heating coils, sampling switches and internal pressure sensors, at the electronics testing station set up for this purpose in Tool Manufacturing. "And was not available for any large-scale or complicated maintenance and repair work elsewhere in the company during this time," explained Udo Weißmann, Technical Head of Integrated Maintenance at Gira's plastics production facility. He and his colleagues in Tool Manufacturing considered this to be a waste of resources, as maintenance and testing are comparatively simple tasks. However, the legal provisions state that training as a toolmaker is not sufficient for carrying out this work if electronic components are affected.
Advanced training as an "EDT" Advanced training as an "EDT" In the spirit of Gira's improvement efforts introduced throughout the company in 2012, which were modelled on Toyota's Kata method for systematically improving work processes and the use of resources, the parties involved decided to train four tool mechanics as Electricians for Defined Tasks.