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ILC Restructure at Gardner - A New Case Study

The Need: The 35,000 square foot ILC in Derby had evolved over time as new projects were introduced and volumes increased. The growth of the centre in this way created constraints on the business. There was a lack of room for storage for finished parts and media for kitting. This meant there was no room for expansion of new or existing customers. There was non-value added activities taking place and skills were not transferable between customers’ kitting, assembly and quality assurance operations. Inefficiency of material flow around the shop floor and no overall conceptual plan existed guiding development. Standard operating procedures were also not in place for kitting and quality assurance.

In addition to the physical layout of the ILC, the facilities director Paul O’Gara also recognised that whilst the workforce was highly skilled and very flexible, there was a need for an organisational restructure to create more effective job roles and a better level of overall accountability.

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Demand Signal Analysis at Gardner

The Need: Gardner receive demand signals from their Aerospace customers in a variety of electronic formats and at different times of the week. Paul O’Gara, Director of the Integrated Logistics Centre recognised that the individual signals were being managed in different ways operationally as well as through Gardner’s internal MRP systems. This was leading to inefficiencies in the sales and operations process which in turn was leading to a dilution of the quality of the signal as it was output to each of the companies’ manufacturing centres.

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Problem Solving at Gardner

Client Overview

Gardner Aerospace’s activities include 5-axis machining, turning, sheet metal fabrication, non-destructive testing, surface treatments, final assembly and kitting. Gardner’s Integrated Logistics Centre (ILC) manages the delivery of the Group’s manufactured and bought-in products to its key customers, either delivered individually or as kits.

The Need

Most of the actions taken to mitigate issues and problems on the shop floor were immediate actions that recovered the situation but did not deal with the root cause of the issue or problem. As a consequence the same issues and problems were re-occurring causing operational disruption.

The Approach

The primary goal was to establish a simple process that the management team and the workforce could use to jointly establish root cause problem solving on a routine basis. The intervention consisted of three steps.


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Tactical Implementation & Plan Creation at Gardner

“We have really benefited from doing TIP’s. The most important thing is that they help you keep track of projects and tasks, giving you visibility of your status against plan.”
Andy Cook, Systems & Engineering Manager, Gardner Basildon

The Need: As part of the Supply Chain Excellence Programme at Gardner Aerospace, a site based strategy relating to Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery & People is created. This features key projects and major milestones to be able to enhance the performance of the business and provide cost reductions. There were varying levels of project management skills across the business so a simple and straightforward approach was required to train the leadership team to deliver successful projects.

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Knowledge Transfer at Hycrome (Europe) Ltd


Client

Hyrcome Europe Ltd

Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Power Generation

Client Overview

Hycrome Europe, part of the Score Group, are engineering specialists for machining, grinding, coatings and surface treatments primarily working in the aerospace and petrochemical industry sectors. They specialise in turbine blade manufacture and repair for aero-engines and pumping systems.

Location

Burnley, Lancashire

Website

www.hycrome.com


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Addison Engineering Co (Blackpool) Ltd | Case Study
‘‘Taking Control at Addison Engineering”

The Need: Team-boards had been implemented at shopfloor and management team level to manage operational performance but there was no formal process linking the boards. A draft Route Map had been developed but was not being used to deploy or review strategic activities. The management team were fire-fighting rather than getting to grips with issues affecting operational performance.

“The control room has played a fundamental part in visualising objectives and monitoring performance against targets. We still have a lot of work ahead of us to maintain the ethos of the control room and sustain our focus on monitoring ‘how we are doing’ so we don’t lose sight of its importance in enabling us to get ‘‘where we want to be”.
Linda Kirkham, Quality Manager, Addison Engineering

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