Operational excellence

Case: Operational excellence

In 2021, Elopak introduced the Elopak Operational Improvement Award, which recognizes and rewards the individuals, teams, and organizations that have committed to achieving operational excellence and transformation. ​​​​​​​ We have also performed a World-Class operational assessment for the third consecutive year.

The World-Class operational assessment is based on the 20 Keys ® management system, systematically improving important aspects such as quality, delivery, safety, and ethics. Each year and at all plants, the assessment is done internally, presenting the assessors with key activities developed since the last assessment.

For the Operational Improvement Award, we asked for projects showing outstanding achievements in teamwork, safety, quality, or efficiency. All employees were encouraged to use their Elovation[1] principles and tools to run projects, apply the outcomes in the organization, share key learnings, and describe the performance impact of the project.

A total of 28 entries were made, mainly from engineering/innovation, production, and supply chain. The entries were screened for compliance with the criteria and evaluated within different categories:

  • Best Teamwork of the year
  • Best Safety improvement of the year
  • Best Quality improvement of the year
  • Best Efficiency improvement of the year

This is a great opportunity to share great ideas with others and empower others to do the same, thereby uniting and supporting each other in accelerating Elopak with further improvements.

Chris Wilsher, Senior Lean Manager​​​​​​

The winner was a team from the plant in Aarhus with their approach to improving belt change on flame sealers. The Aarhus team clearly explained the approach, the use of Elovation principles, and LEAN thinking. The operators working on the activity have shown high dedication and have delivered according to Elopak’s promises, testing and failing to find the best solution, uniting different shifts in implementing the best practice, and accelerating by simplifying the execution of belt changes.