EXEDY Group's Sustainability Activities
Zero Defect Activities
At the EXEDY Group we promote Zero Defect Activities.
These activities involve not only the Manufacturing Department but also Design, Production Engineering, Quality Control, and Inspection Departments, as well as other related divisions. We work together with the entire company to achieve "Zero Defects" on an everyday basis.
The progress of these activities are reported to the top management on a regular basis, raising the motivation of the members.
ASA ZERO Activities
As a part of our “Zero Defect Activities”, we conduct "ASA ZERO Activities" every day to be able to take quick measures whenever a defect occurs, and the related departments (Manufacturing, Production Engineering, Quality Control) carry out patrols. We have expanded these activities globally and we are working to achieve “Zero Defects” at every base of the EXEDY Group around the world.
“Quality Month” Activities
At the EXEDY Group, every year in November during “Quality Month”, we select a company-wide theme based on the current quality performance and carry out activities that contribute to the quality awareness of all our employees. Based on this company-wide theme, each department decides and implements the activities. This helps employees feel a sense of ownership and helps us achieve "zero defects" in both direct and indirect departments.
Manufacturing Change Management Handbook
The first edition of the "Manufacturing Change *1 Management Handbook" was issued in July 2014 in order to reliably implement our "Manufacturing Change Management *2", which is our means to achieve "Zero Defects" stipulated in the Quality Policy and make “Zero Defects” the norm in our company. The handbook is handed out to all employees, including all employees of domestic and overseas affiliates as well as 230 cooperating companies. The handbook serves as an effective tool to implement our Manufacturing Change Management.
Besides Japanese, the Handbook is available in 10 languages including English, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Spanish, Indonesian, Hungarian, Vietnamese and Malay and distributed to local staff of overseas affiliates and cooperating companies, in an effort to globally strengthen our Manufacturing Change Management.
It would be ideal if we could continuously produce under the same specified manufacturing conditions, however, in reality there are always changes in the manufacturing process. Therefore, it is necessary to confirm that the quality levels before and after a manufacturing change are equal to or higher than than usual, before we start production.
Our Manufacturing Change Management Handbook includes the following easy-to-understand guidelines in case manufacturing change occurs:
- Different kinds of manufacturing change
- Points of concern in case of a manufacturing change
This handbook is updated once every two years, reflecting feedback from each company using the handbook, making it more convenient to use.
*1 What is Manufacturing Change?
- when a regular worker needs to be replaced by a worker less experienced, etc.
- when the raw materials for a product change, etc.
- when equipment is replaced or restarted after large-scale maintenance, etc.
- when work procedures or processing methods are changed, etc.
*2 What is Manufacturing Change Management?
Manufacturing Change Management is the history management, verification and confirmation of quality beforehand in order to prevent various problems occurring during a manufacturing change.