Helgesen R4 Production System

Production Streets

Helgesen Streets — are linear work cells where single products are built sequentially, one piece at a time, from raw materials thru completion. Each street team builds a product following a standardized work flow – with parts added in linear sequence. All value-added production tasks for each part are contained within the Street. This concept allows for the least-cost method of manufacturing hydraulic tanks with minimized work-in-process. The diagram below shows one typical layout of a Helgesen Production Street.

Standardized work allows Helgesen to add and share essential quality controls between team members. The focus is on productivity, quality, cost objectives and delivery.

R4 Production System - Helgesen Production Street Diagram

The Helgesen R4 Production System optimizes the manufacturing of products to each customer’s demands by integrating processes and resources in a continuous linear flow path. The flow path (or production street) incorporates dedicated teams that link dissimilar work centers to maximize delivery, productivity and quality performance.

Street Teams consist of 3-9 people and one Street Captain. Each Street Team integrates process verification through buddy checks, supported by AWS certified welders and complex metrology (as required).

Street Captains work side-by-side with their Street Team Members. The captain is also responsible for performing Street Audits, validating that processes are executed correctly.