News | December 29, 2009

“Manufacturer of the Year” Award Presented to Radiation Therapy Company

December 29, 2009 - The award for World Class Manufacturer of the Year 2009 recognizes the quality work produced each year by a manufacturing staff.
This year, The Manufacturer magazine honored a manufacturer of treatment solutions for cancer and brain disorders, Elekta Inc. The company sought to improve manufacturing by developing an environment in which employees felt empowered to bring new ideas to the table and try new ways of doing things to help improve the manufacturing process.
After implementing Lean processes for manufacturing and product development in 2007, Elekta’s U.K. office focused on increasing efficiency, decreasing waste and adopting a culture of continuous improvement. Since then, it has achieved productivity gains and reduced quality concerns. The company improved its delivery and lead times and quality efficiencies as well.
"Showing key performance indicators (KPI) to staff through the whole company at Elekta U.K. was really working," said Will Stirling, editor, The Manufacturer. "The charts around the factory showing productivity and lost days showed big efficiency gains, which the staff wanted to improve further. I met 15 people in one visit, from the factory floor to board level. It was clear they all understood the KPIs and the corporate targets so there was a unity of purpose. There was full buy-in to the Lean program at board level, and a healthy order book is further evidence that the Crawley site is getting plenty of things right. Elekta U.K. fully deserves this award."
Professor Peter Hines, chairman and professor of supply chain management at the Lean Enterprise Research Centre, Cardiff University, Wales, U.K., said, “I think the greatest strength was the culture of change, enthusiasm and improvement, and Elekta is taking that out into the wider business, not just the shop floor.”

For further information: www. elekta.com

Related Content

Videos | Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019
ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at th
FDA Clears Advancements for Viewray MRIdian Radiation Therapy System
Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 21, 2019
February 21, 2019 — ViewRay Inc. received 510(k) clearance from the U.S.
Videos | Radiation Therapy | February 20, 2019
ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the
Study Unveils Blueprint for Treating Radiation-Resistant Brain Tumor

NIH-funded researchers showed how gliomas may be treated with radiation and drugs that block DNA repair. Image courtesy of Castro lab, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor

 

News | Radiation Therapy | February 19, 2019
February 19, 2019 — Researchers at the University of Michigan recently searched for new brain tumor treatments by exp
Videos | Radiation Therapy | February 15, 2019
ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the
New Targeted Therapy for Recurrent Brain Tumors Implanted for First Time
News | Radiation Therapy | February 15, 2019
University of Minnesota Health (M Health) is the first in the United States to begin offering GammaTile Therapy, a new...
Canon Adds Radiation Therapy Package to Aquilion Prime, Lightning CT Systems
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | February 11, 2019
In the patient-centric world of radiation oncology, it is critical that computed tomography (CT) simulation is...
Elekta Unity MR-Linac Earns FDA Clearance
Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 07, 2019
The Elekta Unity magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system recently received 510(k) premarket notification...
University of Oklahoma Cancer Center Begins First Proton Therapy Treatments
News | Proton Therapy | February 01, 2019
Home to the largest and most comprehensive radiation therapy program in Oklahoma, the Stephenson Cancer Center at OU (...
Stereotactic Radiotherapy Improves Long-Term Survival in Stage-IV Cancers
News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | January 31, 2019
The first report from a phase II, multi-center clinical trial indicates stereotactic radiation can extend long-term...