Exchanging Colombia for Mexico

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The ASSA ABLOY In My Shoes program allows employees to spend time with others in a similar position, sometimes in other countries, to exchange knowledge between companies under the ASSA ABLOY umbrella. Two colleagues from Cerraduras de Colombia share their experience.

When Diego Alejandro Lopez Sepulveda, production manager, and Bernardo Delgadillo Ferrer, maintenance manager, participated in the In My Shoes program, they went from their home base in Bogotá, Colombia, to a sister company in Mexico City.

Their primary goal was to learn about Mexico's best practices in automated manufacturing and how to refine their own continuous improvement processes. But, when they completed their four-day adventure in May 2015, Diego and Bernardo were delighted to discover they had gained far more than they anticipated. Not only did they have new information and refined techniques that they could apply at Cerraduras de Colombia, they also had new ASSA ABLOY colleagues and friends at the Phillips factory in Mexico City.

They spent a lot of time on the shop floor, inside the manufacturing process, to identify ways to improve production in Colombia. "We learned how to define, implement and develop processes of continuous improvement and the key steps to develop the implementation of automation systems in our own manufacturing processes," Diego says.

The biggest surprise, he adds, is that he and Bernardo realized "that the most important part of any continuous improvement process is the people. If you can encourage the people to see and accept your point of view, and share the same goal as the company, then good results are really possible."