Jacobs Vehicle Systems

Replaces Kamishibai with Beacon Quality to Improve Layered Process Audit Completion and Corrective Action Rates

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Jacobs Vehicle Systems

Replaces Kamishibai with Beacon Quality to Improve Layered Process Audit Completion and Corrective Action Rates

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The pandemic signaled big changes for manufacturing, especially for companies using technology to advance plant floor quality and safety. Our annual Champions for Quality Awards celebrate quality professionals at all levels who have made a significant impact on quality and continuous improvement.

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About Jacob’s Vehicle

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Overview

A global automotive supplier looking to improve visibility into quality decided to replace its manual paper-based audit system with Beacon Quality software. Six months after implementation, the organization has increased audit completion rates more than 40% and created more accountability around corrective actions.

About Jacob’s Vehicle

Jacobs’ Drive the Future demonstrator truck is traveling throughout North America to show off its latest technologies which lead to improved productivity, engine braking, and emissions.

Industry: Trucking
Company size: 501-1000 employees
Location: Bloomfield, CT
Software used: EASE LPAs, Safety & 5S Audits

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40+% increased audit completion rates

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Expanded the use of Beacon Quality from LPAs to include safety and 5S audits.

 
Ambassador

Ambassador nominees are known for fostering a culture of quality at their manufacturing facility with layered process audits and other quality initiatives.

Influencer

Influencer nominees show dedication to training leaders and influencing quality on a global scale.

Leadership

Leadership nominees are champions of organization-wide quality, operational excellence and digital transformation initiatives.

Trailblazer

These nominees champion the use of the EASE software beyond Layered Process Audits, leveraging it for safety inspections, 5S, Gemba Walks and more.

 

Overview

A global automotive supplier looking to improve visibility into quality decided to replace its manual paper-based audit system with Beacon Quality software. Six months after implementation, the organization has increased audit completion rates more than 40% and created more accountability around corrective actions.

Background

The company had conducted paper-based layered process audits (LPAs) for many years. In 2012, they launched a visual management process called Kamishibai—Japanese for “paper drama”—to structure audits using cards randomly selected from two decks. Jacobs Vehicle Systems is a leading manufacturer of advanced engine braking systems and valve activation technologies, with manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia.

The team would choose a card from the first deck to determine the audit location. The card selected from the second deck indicated the process to audit, showing acceptable results on one side (colored green) and non-compliant results on the opposite side (colored red). Auditors would post results on a dry erase board, then log them in spreadsheets.

About Jacob’s Vehicle

Jacobs’ Drive the Future demonstrator truck is traveling throughout North America to show off its latest technologies which lead to improved productivity, engine braking, and emissions.

“I highly recommend Beacon to any organization using paper and pencil or other manual spreadsheet LPA systems. The savings in administrative


JOHN ROSE, QUALITY
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does my "inspiring story" have to be?

The length of the story does not determine if you will win. It's the actions that were taken, the way you motivated your team, and the real results that came from it. Please keep stories to 500 words or less, which is about a full page typed. The best stories can be shared within 150 - 250 words, which is about a paragraph to a 1/2 page. 

Can I nominate my plant, not just one person?

Yes! Just enter the plant location for the 'Nominee's Name' and the company under 'Company'. Then share your inspiring story of how your plant came together to make quality a top priority. However, if your plant wins, you will still need to choose 1 person to represent the plant as the winner for interviews.  

How will winners be chosen?

An elected panel of Quality professionals and the EASE team will review all submissions and choose the winners for each category.


I have submitted a nomination in the past, can I do it again?

If you've submitted a nomination in a previous year, but didn't win, you may enter our contest again! There are no limits to nominations.

Why are you hosting a Champions for Quality Awards?

The quality department in a manufacturing plant doesn't get a lot of attention until something goes wrong: a rise in defects, scrap or re-work, or a customer complaint. We want to recognize the people who are behind building a culture of quality, who have helped customer complaints decrease, and built long-lasting quality processes which make a big impact on the bottom line (specifically, with LPAs). We want to recognize you: a Champion for Quality!


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Ambassador

Six months after implementation, the organization has increased audit completion rates more than 40% and created more accountability around corrective actions. The company had conducted paper-based layered process audits (LPAs) for many years. In 2012, they launched a visual management process called Kamishibai—Japanese for “paper drama”—to structure audits using cards randomly selected from two decks.

Leadership

Six months after implementation, the organization has increased audit completion rates more than 40% and created more accountability around corrective actions. The company had conducted paper-based layered process audits (LPAs) for many years. In 2012, they launched a visual management process called Kamishibai—Japanese for “paper drama”—to structure audits using cards randomly selected from two decks.

Influencer

Six months after implementation, the organization has increased audit completion rates more than 40% and created more accountability around corrective actions. The company had conducted paper-based layered process audits (LPAs) for many years. In 2012, they launched a visual management process called Kamishibai—Japanese for “paper drama”—to structure audits using cards randomly selected from two decks.

Trailblazer

Six months after implementation, the organization has increased audit completion rates more than 40% and created more accountability around corrective actions. The company had conducted paper-based layered process audits (LPAs) for many years. In 2012, they launched a visual management process called Kamishibai—Japanese for “paper drama”—to structure audits using cards randomly selected from two decks.