24 Feb 2022
𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙗𝙮: 𝘼𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙈𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧, 𝙉𝘼𝙈 𝙍𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙌𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝘿𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙩 𝙁𝙞𝙚𝙡𝙙𝘾𝙤𝙧𝙚
Progress starts with an idea. At FieldCore we know this, and we have created a culture of sharing ideas, even the craziest ones. We give them a shot; we try them out. Any idea can spark another one, which will turn out to be more realistic and more feasible.
“Bucket Pins story” is known by everyone at FieldCore as it was a huge undertaking which also challenged a decades-long procedure in place. It is about a process of extracting the capital part (buckets) located in the hot gas path section of a turbine and collecting hundreds of small bucket pins. In the most general sense, we had a high-risk process, with very low detectability and a very high severity should it go wrong. You could not tell if you were missing a pin very easily.
We saw this, we had a bold idea, and we challenged the process which was in place for decades. We kicked off with a Kaizen (one of the lean methodology tools) in January 2021. It was very natural to have some people say NO or be skeptical, as we were sacrificing a few thousand-dollar capital part. Today we know that it worked, but at that point it was just an idea. But simply that moment from “𝑁𝑜 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑖𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘” to the moment “𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑔𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟!” is what continuous improvement is all about. There is no progress without mistake-proofing your established processes.
Currently we are in the iterative process to make it even better and more streamlined. We have more people on the team who can understand the benefits of it, and they are helping us make improvements. Even though this journey is not complete yet, it already sparked a massive culture change, plus it created a “𝐺𝑜 𝑇𝑟𝑦 𝐼𝑡” attitude, and we have tools in place today to support this transformation.