New Manufacturing Efficiency Programme In Belfast & Lisburn
Modern manufacturing processes are often highly inefficient in their use of precious resources including energy, materials and man-hours. Manufacturers in Belfast & Lisburn can now benefit from a new Manufacturing Efficiency Programme, designed to support manufacturers to enhance competitiveness and productivity through a structured programme of analysis, workshops and implementation support. Why participate? • Receive one to one support from industry experts • Increase productivity • Increase operator flexibility to meet customer requirements • Reduce work in progress • Improve quality • Improve on-time delivery • Increase profit
Programme Details The programme runs from September 2012 until March 2013, offering a comprehensive three tier package of support including: 1. Baseline assessment Participating businesses will undergo an extensive process of assessment and analysis to identify the key issues affecting current processes. This stage enables our delivery team to provide the most beneficial support throughout the programme 2. Bespoke mentoring Each participating business will benefit from a bespoke package of mentoring and programme implementation support aimed at addressing the key issues identified during their initial baseline assessment 3. Workshops A representative from each participating business will be expected to attend a series of six workshops, specifically designed to improve their business’ efficiency. The workshops cover: • Programme Induction and Marketing • Workspace Layout and Value Stream Analysis • Process and Product Costing • Health & Safety • Creativity, Materials, Energy and Sustainable Innovation • Product Development, Innovation and CE Marking All workshops and mentoring will be delivered by a team of expert LEAN and Product and Process Development consultants.
What is LEAN? The thinking behind manufacturing efficiency is to maximise customer value while minimising waste. Simply, it means creating more value for customers with fewer resources. It adopts the key LEAN principles which are: 1. Identify Value 2. Map the Value Stream 3. Create Flow 4. Establish Pull 5. Seek Perfection Interested in the Programme? The programme will support 12 local manufacturing businesses from the Belfast and Lisburn City Council Areas. All interested businesses must register by Friday 14th September 2012. To request an application form or discuss any aspect of the programme contact James Scott on 028 9031 1002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a Cost? With both councils investing heavily in the programme, there is no cost to participants although you must demonstrate that you have the time and resources to commit to the course. The Manufacturing Efficiency Programme is a partnership between Belfast City Council and Lisburn City Council and is part funded by invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. Esme Porter from Suki Tea, a previous participant of the programme, said: “While we are always striving to improve our product and service, being involved in this programme has helped us to streamline our business and gain a 25% increase in production output. We now dispatch 96% of our orders in full and on time, a further improvement from before the Programme and we have received assistance in structuring a project and following through with it. As a small business the guidance we received from being a part of the programme has been invaluable and of great benefit to the company and we continue to put the teachings into practice as our company continues to grow and new challenges our thrown our way.” Mark Smiley, Managing Director of the Cutting Industries in Dunmurry, also took part in the last programme.“This programme has led to some excellent improvements in production processes, planning and costing systems for Cutting Industries,” he said. “It allowed us to develop new skills for our personnel and will undoubtedly lead to greater profitability for the company.”