LEAN.Construction is gaining more and more importance in the construction industry. In the form of the 5S programme, it is already an integral part ZÜBLIN’s “Production 2022” strategy. In all new projects, the 5S elements – sort, systematise, shine, standardise and self-discipline – should lead to orderly and efficiently structured construction sites. This will allow waste time (e.g. unnecessarily searching for tools/materials and the travel time involved) to be reduced and added value to be increased by about 10 %.
Simple and of great use
The 5S programme was the catalyst for an idea that Rainer Knödler recently brought to the job site. The foreman stands behind the whining blade of a circular table saw. He closely observes a worker as he cuts through a long wooden board. The sawdust and woodchips land in a special collection tray beneath the circular table saw. This is just one of the many faces of innovation: no high-tech marvel – just an incredibly practical and useful idea.
Rainer Knödler remembers well what things used to look like on the construction site after a circular table saw was in use. “Dust, shavings and little bits of wood as far as the eye could see. We could spend the whole day just cleaning up after people. But that’s all a thing of the past. Today we have no more cleaning staff on the construction site.”
Here you can see Rainer Knödler and the circular table saw in action at the construction site for a new Daimler AG office building in Leinfelden-Echterdingen near Stuttgart.