As part their commitment to continuous business improvement within Tritech, recent restructuring of the manufacturing processes, to a cellular manufacturing system has allowed for a more thorough and balanced approach to Tritech's production needs.
Beginning as every good scoping out project does, with a white board and sticky notes, the entire production team were involved in identifying the various processes and operations across production. From this high level view, key processes and operations were identified and consolidated into process categories by product family.
As a direct result of developing the Tritech manufacturing facility, in Ulverston, Cumbria, into process-driven cells Tritech has drastically reduced material and information flow and reduced inventory and cumulative lead times.
In line with this development, the Ulverston site has also benefited from a major upgrade project with a new amenities facility and office area. This continuous improvement programme is all underpinned by Tritech's application of lean metrics and functional KPI's; supported through a robust 5's, (sort, set, shine, standardise and sustain), programme.
As a model for workplace design; integral to lean manufacturing, maximising the efficiency of resources within their Ulverston site has meant a reduction in the seven wastes of; waiting, movement of people, over producing, defects, inventory, work in progress, over processing and transport of materials. All are elements which are deemed as non-value adding to their customers. Tritech's commitment to this continuous improvement programme and to developing their people will allow the Ulverston site to develop strong processes & systems and sustain their continuous improvement programme in their lean-driven quest for perfection.
Darren Brackwell, Production Manager, Tritech International Ltd, comments:
"The end result of defining our production areas, applying further lean tools and techniques and our dedication to continuously training our staff, has resulted in a safer, and more organised working environment. As a result of the re-organisation of our machines and desks, we now have a sequenced flow of operations; gaining better utilisation of the equipment and demonstrating increased productivity. Ultimately, this supports our business goals to produce our range of innovative underwater technologies, in line with customer demand."