On 11th of November, I got the opportunity to visit Danfoss. Before going to this company, I prepared myself. I learnt what variable speed is and how an AC current gets converted to DC current and DC back to AC in a desirable form. This method can be used to control the speed of motors, pumps and compressors. I also went through YouTube video on how motors, pumps and compressors work.
We were 19 delegates in all and were given an introduction to the working processes in the company. Danfoss has 61 factories, 21,000 employees, 100 products and present in 19 countries across all continents. It was founded by Mads Clausan in 1933. The Change Agent Mr. Murugan explained to us about product development, purchasing, productivity and sales marketing system.
The most interesting part was how the company addresses waste management (how they identify problems and solve the problems). He explained about different ways in manufacturing. For example Overproduction, waiting, transport, over processing, inventory, scrap and rework, motion and untapped human potential. He then told us how waste could be identified by splitting it into value addition, non value addition and incidental activity.
He gave a case study on how waste was reduced in the packing section. Initially the production was only 1276 pieces, but by reducing wastage by 36.3%, the production was increased by 56%. I also learned about LEAN management tools.
We were shown around the shop floor where I saw pressure switches being assembled. Each work area had a factory board which displayed the performance with regard to safety, quality, delivery and cost. Overall I found factory management, productivity tools and the business operations easy to comprehend.