Roadmap for operational excellence
At NSC on Monday, speaker Sam Smolik, SVP America Manufacturing and Refining Operations at LyondellBasell, offered some management advice he has learned over 40 years in the manufacturing business. He said he started at LyondellBasell when the company wasn’t in the best shape, but they have worked really hard to get where they are today.
“I believe in simplicity,” Smolik said. “When we think about our management system, we have to maintain our assets system.” He compared it to maintaining a car. He said to start on the road to success, they put the most money into their assets.
“We want simple processes,” he said. “We went from a 50- or 60-page document of requirements to one or two pages. We want to keep processes simple but we want to follow them.”
Smolik created a GoalZERO concept, which is what a company agrees to do from day one. He said that at LyondellBasell, their systematic management system approach to achieving GoalZERO follows these steps:
Assets: tools and equipment are properly designed and maintained in good condition.
Processes: procedures, standards and systems are utilized and continually updated
People: are motivated, qualified and have the proper competencies and behavior to execute in a GoalZERO manner.
“The difference is in execution. It’s how you execute, like when you play sports. Which team wins? The team with the best execution,” Smolik said. “There are people who get it and some who just don’t get it.”
He shared a flow chart that describes their processes.
Internal and external reviews
Management system reviews
Standards and work process
Process safety information
Competency and expectations
Risk assessment and management
Life critical standards
Management of change/PSSR
New manager PS review
Training and coaching
Asset integrity standard
Emergency response and management