DALLAS, TX -Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant has been recognized by the prestigious Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence with the Bronze Medallion in recognition of its world-class improvement tools, systems and principles.
The Bronze Medallion is the third-highest award possible from the Shingo Prize organization, which recognizes businesses that have implemented lean-manufacturing techniques, continuous improvement processes and operational improvements. Even more remarkable, Comanche Peak received the award on its first attempt.
“It is extremely unusual for first submissions to receive recognition medallions,” said Paul Dowden, vice president of Luminant’s Operating System. Luminant’s Operating System defines the way businesses or plants are operated and creates a common language for evaluating performance.
The Bronze Medallion recognizes Comanche Peak’s world record-setting steam generator replacement, industry recognized reductions in operating costs, increased revenue generation, unwavering focus on employees and community safety, long standing improvement efforts, team based-problem solving abilities, environmental accomplishments and partnering with customers and suppliers.
“This is a great validation of the progress and direction of our Operating System,” Dowden said. “The Shingo examiners’ insights give us great ideas to shape our path forward.”
Through its participation in the Shingo process, Luminant is able to benchmark against the practices and results seen in the highest-performing companies across many diverse industries in North America.
“Over the last three years, our employees have set targets that have placed Comanche Peak among the top 10 percent of the industry in areas of safety, reliability, quality and cost,” said Rafael Flores, Comanche Peak’s vice president of nuclear operations. “Continuous improvement has been a standard with the Comanche Peak team. It is truly amazing to see the ownership my co-workers have displayed throughout the plant.”
The Shingo Prize honors the late Dr. Shigeo Shingo, who is considered one of the world’s leading experts in improving manufacturing processes and who helped create, train and write about many aspects of the renowned Toyota Production System and related production systems. The Shingo Prize’s philosophy is that world-class performance for quality, cost and delivery can be achieved through lean principles and techniques in core manufacturing and business processes.
Luminant’s application process included submitting a detailed and comprehensive 100-page document highlighting each site’s achievements and a site visit from a team of examiners from Texas companies who are trained in the Shingo award process.
The Shingo Prize is administered by the Office of Business Relations in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, designated as a Carnegie Foundation Research I University.