Scott-Grant’s experience in the manufacturing sector
Here are some recent examples of how we’ve helped businesses in the manufacturing sector.
A process had been in place for four years, comprising a sequential group of equipment that produced a finished and packaged product. A change in product specification was planned. This involved the current spec output almost doubling for several months to satisfy demand from stock until the new product phase-in was complete. Working with management and operators, a team of our Productivity Consultants and Industrial Engineers identified many ‘quick wins’ which would reduce downtime and lost capacity. Effectively they recommended an array of detailed organisational opportunities both with and external to the product line. Over a four week period improvements achieved grew by around 85% with no extra working hours. One operator commented, “We’re producing nearly twice as much but working no harder and with far less frustration.”
For the manufacturer of precision automotive components produced through a sequenced cell of six machines/cycles, market demand was creating significant growth, to the extent that key customer orders were close to being adversely affected. The cell had been balanced but we were asked to review all aspects of machine cycles, handling and inspection and to advise if there were any possible productivity and capacity improvements. An Industrial Engineer formally measured every activity across the whole cell including all check/inspection times and frequencies. It transpired that for quality reasons, some frequencies had been changed, some inspection activities had been prescribed which stopped the machine process and there were instances of increased tool change following the purchase of tools from a different supplier. Many small changes had compounded to reduce optimum output by almost 11%. Remedial action was taken, the line re-balanced and a very welcome capacity increase was achieved with little added cost.