Improving Your Outputs

Continua’s Lean service and support is dramatically changing the way our customers run their operations. We can support and implement continual improvement programmes tailored specifically for your individual requirements using best practice methods including:

  • 5S: Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain – a proven method of assessing efficiency
  • SMED: Single Minute Exchange of Die. Reduce waste by using the most efficient way to move from one product to the next. One of our customers shaved three minutes off reel changes saving 50 hours a month.
  • Clean & Inspect: Preventative maintenance, working together to improve the lifespan of equipment.

Taking the 5S approach to effective workplace organisation

An effective workplace is based on the 5S principles: Sort, Set in order, Shine Standardise and Sustain. This methodology is a trusted way to improve your production environment and helps your employees and our engineers work more effectively together to help reduce unplanned down time by creating an efficient organised and tidy workplace.

It’s simply the way we do business

It’s simply the way we do business

The benefits of working to the 5S principals

  • An ordered and tidy factory will make everything easier to find and manage saving time and money.. ‘A place for everything and everything in its place’
  • An organized space makes a better impression on your visitors and clients
  • Having standardized procedures makes training easier and more consistent, leaving less opportunity for error and mistakes
  • Continually reviewing the way you do business and looking for ways to improve — improves your business

Our upside down philosophy

Traditionally machine efficiency has been judged on the amount of hours a machine is actually ‘running’ during a given time period.


At Continua we take a different approach – we focus on losses. A machine which is operating efficiently 76% of the time – is actually operating at a loss 24% of the time. So our goal is to reduce the loss. By understanding why the loss occurs we are able to minimise the real (rather than perceived) problem.

Typically the stoppages are made up of set up losses, short stoppages, breakdowns, quality issues and speed losses.


And whilst actual breakdown is usually considered to be the no. 1 issue the cumulative losses caused by short stoppages and set up often account for a greater overall ‘loss’ . Our aim is to minimise your losses by understanding where the real issues are.