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Improving Productivity Through Good Measurement

on In my last blog post, I talked about three steps to improving productivity in made-to-order manufacturing environments. These steps were: Establish standard processes using standard inputs Ensuring information and manufacturing flows Automate or Autonomate In this article I want to explore the step carried out prior to any of these, that was briefly touched upon Read More...

Safety products manufacturer sees huge increase in output!

on Introduction Centurion Safety Products Ltd experienced a sudden increase in demand for its respiratory products due to a competitor withdrawing from the marketplace.  This was putting their traditional manufacturing process under unsustainable strain.  WLP were asked to help them overcome their capacity constraint. What We Did: trained key members of the manufacturing team in relevant lean Read More...

Improving Production, Reducing Waste and Minimising Costs

on Allaway Acoustics design, manufacture and install noise control systems across the world. They needed to improve the competitiveness of their business by reducing the cost of their manufacturing operation. What We Did: Trained a mixed group of Directors, Managers, Team Leaders and Shop-Floor Staff in Lean Processing Implemented Visual Product Planning, Balanced Flow and Kanban Management Read More...

Problem Solving for Food Coatings Company

on One of the UK’s leading food coatings companies experienced a poor wheat harvest and a healthy order book. This pushed demands beyond their manufacturing capacity, meaning they needed to change how they managed operations. Our consultant developed Value Stream Maps for three sites to understand business, worked with customer service teams to map their processes and identify time Read More...

Lean Six Sigma – Improve Your Operation

on It can be deeply frustrating to run a business knowing that the operation itself is flawed and costing you time, money or compromising quality. The good news is that there are ways to make changes that significantly reduce and, hopefully, eventually eradicate such problems. There are a range of strategies out there. Here at WLP, Read More...

Lean Tools – What Is 5S?

on 5S is one of many Lean tools out there. Often misinterpreted as “just housekeeping” it is one of the foundations of Lean. The overall aim of 5S is to reduce waste, optimise productivity and increase profitability. Do you work in an area that is used by more than just yourself? How frustrated do you get when you want Read More...