Here at SPE Continual Improvement (CI) is a foundation activity which receives our constant focus. This approach is deployed by closely monitoring the performance of people, cost, productivity, processes and plant. SPE develops employees to utilise the full range of CI tools and techniques, from Value Stream Mapping to visual management, kaizen bursts to Six Sigma projects. This framework sits at the core of our Quality Management System, helps us achieve exceptional HSE, quality, on time delivery scores and provides constant focus on our strategic objectives by demonstrating capable processes.
The success of our company depends on great performance; the quality of our customer service, driven by CI methodologies to improve the efficiency & effectiveness of everything we do. Our people, relationships, our product, customer service and overall quality has brought us multiple awards, all of which are testament to the passion we have for placing continuous improve at the heart of our business.
Recent Impacts & Benefits achieved using CI approaches at SPE include:
Improving inspection throughput by almost 50%, reducing waiting time by c.30hrs p/m (measured over the last six months)
Integrating shop floor data collection (SFDC) with Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) techniques to give real time performance monitoring
Refining daily boardwalk to measure each ‘pulse point of the business’ against a daily £ target, with am and pm reviews used to identify inefficiencies and engage workforce at all levels and reducing costs.
Developing a bespoke ‘Heat Map’ tool for our MRP with load ‘vs’ capacity functionality which is industry leading for real time resource planning and inventory reporting
Reducing tooling spend by almost 4%
Improving Works Order on time in full (OTFI) launching from c.70% to 91%
Using CMM, optical measuring and manual equipment to increase in process inspection at the point of manufacture