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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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New Case Study


Strategic Business Planning & Implementation at Gardner Aerospace

NEEDS
Day to day operational problems were preventing progress in performance improvement plans. Required single point of accountability and capability to support implementation of improvement plans.

INDUSTRY
Aerospace

CLIENT OVERVIEW
Gardner Aerospace manufactures machined and fabricated parts for the aerospace industry. Activities include 5-axis machining, turning, sheet metal fabrication, non- destructive testing, surface treatments, final assembly and kitting.

CLIENT LOCATION
Various UK sites

WEB
www.gardner-aerospace.com


“This coaching intervention by Redthorn Ltd has helped us to refocus the management team on the key measures of performance and the need to rapidly solve day to day problems”

Karl Lee, Site Director, Gardner Aerospace

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New Case Study…

Change Management at Addison Engineering

The Need: The management team were concerned at the perceived low level of morale in the workforce and the negative feedback that accompanied the implementation of improvements and strategic activities. Before the workforce could be engaged in change and shop-floor problem solving the management team needed to know the current issues affecting employee performance.

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Latest Offer from Redthorn

Redthorn are delighted to announce that up until 31st October 2016 there is now a 3 for 2 offer on Redthorn Training Days.

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Once our customers have chosen their modules, the Redthorn technical team will install the software at your site. We have a dedicated support team, offering both technical and software support. We offer a report writing service, so you can either learn to write your own reports using crystal or we can write them for you. We offer consultancy to improve in-house processes. We also have an online forum where our customers have access to FAQ’s, bug fixes and can also converse with each other.

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