Sepro Mineral Systems is committed to delivering the highest value possible to our customers. We take an enormous amount of pride in helping customers achieve their mineral processing goals, such as TMAC Resources, who recently achieved record level rates of gold recovery. Indeed, the value we are able to deliver doesn’t start in a mine or a quarry, but rather in our internal systems and procedures. By having a strong system of internal processes, we can cut down manufacturing costs, minimize time delays, and improve quality. We then pass along these benefits to our customers.

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, Sepro recently hosted a “Lean Manufacturing” course. We dove deep into our internal processes and philosophies to see where we could further improve. This is what we learned.

What Is Lean Manufacturing?

Lean Manufacturing is about doing more with less by employing a ”Lean” way of thinking. It is a continuous effort to eliminate and reduce waste or any activity that does not add value to the end product. If you are allocating resources to design, manufacturing, distribution, or other customer service processes that do not benefit your customer, you are wasting these resources. Since this philosophy requires a continuous effort, improvements are always happening in small, sustainable ways, which is much more efficient than making substantial and disruptive changes all at once.

It’s important to note that the Lean way of thinking is not about cutting costs by compromising product or service quality, but rather by improving the efficiency of current processes.

Sepro’s Lean Journey

There are four stages of the Lean journey: Whitebelt, Greenbelt, Blackbelt and Master. We have been hard at work the past few months and many of our staff members have achieved the Whitebelt and Greenbelt certifications. During the Whitebelt course, our team learned the fundamentals of the Lean philosophy, its history, and how it impacts customers.

Lean Manufacturing Course

Lean Coach Ray (front left) posing with Lean Sensei students including several Sepro staff, joined by President and CEO Mark Van Kleek (front right).

By completing the  Greenbelt program our Sepro team now has the knowledge to implement Lean changes into current processes. These changes will improve the internal efficiencies of our company, which will, in turn, create greater value for our customers.

Lean coach with Sepro staff

Coach Ray (far right) posing with our Sepro Greenbelt certified staff.

At Sepro, we provide some of the most efficient and powerful mineral processing equipment on the market like our Falcon Gravity Concentrators and Blackhawk Cone Crusher. At the same time, we are directing our efforts inwards to bring even more value to our customers. With our commitment to customer satisfaction, Sepro is truly leading the way in the mineral processing industry.