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Loadrite’s samurai sword symbolises the Japanese roots of lean principles.
Loadrite’s samurai sword symbolises the Japanese roots of lean principles.
 










Chance to show off your lean principles

Time is running out to enter the Loadrite Lean Principles Award, one of the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) annual awards.

The closing date for entries to the IQA annual awards is Wednesday, 31 July, 2013. This includes the new category of the Loadrite Lean Principles Award.

The Loadrite award is open to individual IQA members working in an Australian aggregates extractive business who show an outstanding application of lean principles.

“Lean principles have been used in the quarrying industry for many years yet their relevance is greater than ever, with tough industry conditions driving a big thrust towards improved efficiency and lower costs,” said Geoff West, the IQA’s vice president.

“What used to be prevalent only in large scale extractive businesses is now becoming more and more common in smaller and regional quarries throughout Australia.“

A good example is the application and use of mobile payload monitoring scales, as opposed to traditional weighbridges. It is a lean approach because it reduces the operational infrastructure required, yet delivers the same end result – an accurate and certifiable payload weight.

The winner of the Loadrite Lean Principles Award will receive an engraved samurai sword and $5000 from Loadrite towards a study tour to further their knowledge and application of lean principles in Australia or overseas. The samurai sword is an acknowledgement of the roots of the award.

“It is rare to get such a valuable opportunity to study something so specific to your career development,” West said. “Many members have already completed an eligible project and it only takes 10 minutes to fill out the application and you’re in with a great chance, as it is only open to IQA members. This award also recognises people as leaders in their industry which is a great boost to their career.”

Lean principles include methodologies like Just in Time (JIT), 5S, Kanban, poka-yoke, Toyota Production System (TPS) and Value Stream Mapping as well as proprietary or self-developed methods, which all work together to preserve value with less work – a concept at the forefront of Loadrite’s business.

The 2013 IQA Awards
Other awards to be offered by the IQA are:
  •     The Alex Northover Training Award provided by the Australian Institute of Quarrying Education Foundation.
  •     The Caterpillar Improvement Award.
  •     The ESCO Young Members Award.
  •     The Hap Seng Fellowship Award.
  •     The Hitachi Gold Hard Hat OH&S Award.
  •     The Hyundai Technical Paper Award.
  •     The IQA Service Award.
  •     The Rocktec Innovation Award.
  •     The Ron Parrott Award for the best exhibitor at the national conference.
  •     The Volvo Environment Award.

The recipients of the awards will be announced at the IQA national conference in Townsville in September. 

Interested applicants should contact Robyn Cousins at the IQA, tel 02 9484 0577 or via email. Further information about the awards can also be viewed at the IQA website.

Sources: IQA, Actronic Technologies



















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