Lake Region Medical Limited facility in New Ross, Ireland has Received a Shingo Bronze Medallion
June 25, 2012
New Ross, Ireland– Lake Region Medical Limited facility in New Ross, Ireland has earned national recognition for achieving operational excellence.
“Our products make a difference in the lives of millions of people throughout the world every year. Achieving international recognition at Shingo Bronze Medallion status is validation that we are meeting our corporate goal to: ‘Implement World Class Systems and processes for the design, manufacture and supply of minimally invasive guidewires’,” said John Harris, Vice President OUS Operations.
The Lake Region Medical Limited plant opened in New Ross in 1994, and began producing approximately 4,000 diagnostic guidewires a week, shipping to a small number of European customers. It has since grown and now manufactures over 600,000 products each week with an ever-growing product range, shipping to over thirty countries worldwide. Each year approximately 30 million of these devices are used in interventional, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures that enhance or extend the lives of million of patients worldwide.
Lake Region Medical Limited is to receive a Shingo Bronze Medallion from the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, which is part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The mission of The Shingo Prize is to create excellence in organizations through the application of universally accepted principles of operational excellence and to empower people and transform organizational culture.
Lake Region Medical Limited will be awarded The Shingo Bronze Medallion at the 25th annual Shingo Prize Awards Gala, during the Annual International Conference on May 6-10, 2013. The awards gala is the conclusion to this four-day operational-excellence-centered event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations on their transformation for operational excellence.
The Shingo Prize’s intent of assessing organizations is to evaluate the degrees to which organizations are aligned with the principles of operational excellence represented in the Shingo model, according to Robert Miller, the executive director of The Shingo Prize.
He said the Shingo Model is a way of thinking and transforming culture. It is represented in a diagram made up of two elements; the “house of principles” and the “diamond of transformation.”
“The model helps teach guiding principles, which are universal and timeless,” he said. “As practitioners and leaders come to understand these principles they become powerful organizational leaders.”
The transformation diamond diagram is a systematic approach to building a culture of operational excellence by aligning employee behaviors with correct principles, he said.
“The Shingo Prize is a recognition program that identifies organizations doing exceptional work in business improvement,” he said. “The intent is to motivate others to learn from them. The prize focuses on building excellence throughout the entire business enterprise. To achieve The Shingo Prize, organizations compete against the most rigorous standards in the world, rather than against each other.”
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