The summer holiday season is a real headache for factory managers whose obligations are to ensure that daily product levels are maintained and to tell reluctant employees that they will need to work overtime. UAB ‘Proginta’ offers a business solution: the system ‘Lean2S’ for increasing labour productivity. This automated data collection equipment, which fits into a brick-sized box and comes with its own methodology, has been created to measure, evaluate and optimise the manufacturing process. Special sensors are installed in production equipment so that they can gather information about the speed of a registered operation and the beginning and end of any downtime, but they also reveal the reasons for the downtime and any deviation from the norm.
‘Lean2S’ helps factory workers to discover the causes of inefficient labour practices and later decide on how to save time and complete more operations. By employing this system, the factory foremen will be able to determine whether the workline has been set up so that it best matches the operational speed of the equipment, whether there is any unexpected downtime, and whether employees need help. Factory managers can analyse the data and figure out which manufacturing processes can be modified to increase labour productivity. Usually, the cause of production inefficiency is worn out machinery or machinery breakdowns, so the developers from Kaunas have created this technology to simplify any evaluation of the state of machinery and to establish a minor repairs schedule. This technology is used by Lithuanian factories such as ‘Vilniaus margarino gamykla’, ‘Vilniaus baldai’, ‘Raguvos baldai’, ‘Flexpro’ as well as fifteen other Lithuanian and Belarusian companies. It was estimated that after the first two months, the companies concerned managed to increase their labour productivity by 20–30%.