Mid-West Lean Network: Workshop 1 – Visual Management with Zimmer Biomet

  • Event: Mid-West Lean Network: Workshop 1 – Visual Management with Zimmer Biomet
  • Date: 18/01/2017
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Venue: Zimmer Biomet, Building 2, Shannon Industrial Estate East, Shannon,
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The Mid-West Lean Network: the second largest regional lean network in Ireland, after Waterford Institute of Technology’s Lean Enterprise Excellence Group, launched in November, was set up to strengthen and increase the existing culture of lean within the Shannon and the wider Mid-West region. Its aim is to enable each industry to broaden and strengthen their competitiveness through knowledge sharing and bench-marking against each other and different industries. 

Inaugural chairman, Neil Enright, GLSS Site Deployment Leader with Molex, in association with the Lean Network committee, and in response to a poll taken at the launch, have devised a programme of events for 2017 (see below for full details)

Workshop 1 will take place in Zimmer Biomet and will look at Visual Management, which is  defined as a set of techniques for creating a visual workplace, embracing visual communication and control throughout the work environment.

Benefits of Visual Management

  • Facilitates employee autonomy
  • Serves to eliminate waste
  • Fosters continuous improvement
  • Allows for quick response & recovery
  • Leads to information sharing
  • Exposes abnormalities
  • Maintains gains

Presenter: Claude Costelloe, Operations Director

Claude Costelloe joined Zimmer Biomet Shannon in 2012 and has over 20 years’ experience in Operations Leadership roles in the Medtech Sector, with a particular emphasis on Continuous Improvement. Prior to that he has worked in the Electronics and Engineering sectors in leadership positions.

Zimmer Biomet’s focus has been to use CI not as a Project but as a way to run and improve the business, where they continue to set the bar for CI within the Orthopedics Industry. An Engineering Graduate, he is also a holder of a Black Belt in Lean.

About Zimmer Biomet

Zimmer Biomet is a worldwide leader in musculoskeletal health care and has been since our founding more than 80 years ago.

Today, our global team of more than 8,500 employees works to provide effective, creative solutions that support orthopaedic surgeons and clinicians to restore mobility and treat arthritis and traumatic injuries. Our joint replacement technologies and a wide range of related products and services make us valuable partners to health care providers in more than 100 countries.


Scheduled workshops for 2017:

14th February 2017: Using Data to Drive Business in Dell EMC premises

14th March 2017: Visual Management (Focusing on projects) in Atlantic Aviation Group premises

11th April 2017: MOS in Molex Ireland premises

9th May 2017: A3s for projects in Takumi premises