See lean excellence live at one of WM’s Factory Tours

If you would like the opportunity to experience first-hand what makes a best-in-class factory tick, there is no better way than visiting a site, meeting the manufacturing teams and viewing the processes live from top floor to cell level.

EatonEaton Production International - Energy & Environment Award winner

WM is giving readers an exclusive opportunity to tour the Eaton plant on 21 May and see for themselves why it won the BFA 2013 Energy & Environment Award.

As part of a $21 billion, 115,000-employee global enterprise, Worksop-based Eaton Production International knows it has to perform. Dedicated to the manufacturing of switch disconnectors and rotary cam switches used by machine builders, the Eaton site at Worksop produces around 1 million of each basic switch type every year, although around 17,000 live products are available.

The lean journey at Worksop commenced four years ago when Eaton acquired the Moeller Group. As a result, the plant now uses a well-defined leadership model linked to overall business objectives such as growing turnover by 6 year on year through to 2017. Known as APEX (Achieving Performance EXcellence), the model starts with the setting of directions and plans. Organisation and alignment comes via role models and team empowerment, while performance analysis arrives by way of development, reward and recognition, which in turn motivates employees to continuously learn and improve.

CI activities are abundant. For instance, Worksop held its first value analysis/value engineering event earlier this year. Focusing on its highest volume assembly line, the company established a cross-functional team of 23. Collectively, through walking the process and brainstorming, 84 ideas for improvement were identified, nine of which were selected and approved with projected savings of £168,000. There is also an employee suggestion scheme with quarterly merit and financial awards.

Ultimately then, not just a Highly Commended in this year's Best Electronics & Electrical Plant Award, but a deserved winner of the Energy & Environment Award.

Agenda*

09:45 - 10:00 Arrival
10:00 - 10:45 Factory Presentation
10:45 - 12:45 Factory tour
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:05 Q&A
14:00 Depart

Event Dates:


Event Location: Worksop

Individual Ticket Price: £350 per place excluding VAT
Bookings of 3 or more people: £315 per place excluding VAT

Limited to 10 places per visit

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Don't miss the chance to take this exclusive tour, book now by calling Julie Knox on 01322 221144 or email julie.knox@findlay.co.uk

Winner:

BFA 2013 Energy & Environment Award

Highly Commended:

BFA 2013 Best Electronics & Electrical Plant

Sony PencoedSony Pencoed - Britain's Best Factory

WM is offering the exclusive opportunity to tour Britain's Best Factory, Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed on 15 May. A handful of places are available to tour the Sony site, which has enjoyed a spectacular transformation from making high volume TVs to broadcast camera systems for Sky and the BBC.

Sony won the Toyota Material Handling Factory of the Year accolade at this year's BFAs- the first Welsh winner. The site was also named Best Electronics & Electrical Plant and the Innovation Award winner.

Sony Pencoed's commitment to product quality has helped win a contract manufacturing deal for the Raspberry Pi mini-computer back from China. The deal has helped the plant record a 50% increase in workload over the past two years.

Attend the tour to discover how a 'visionary' management team brought about the success and coped with the burgeoning order volumes. You'll also get the chance to quiz frontline operators on how they've been trained up from assembling TVs to high tech camera systems. The tour will offer insight into a new Supercell system that's increased line efficiency by 50%.

Dr Marek Szwejczewski, BFA judge and director of the awards, said: "Sony Pencoed has a highly skilled workforce, state of the art electronics manufacturing equipment and processes, and a focus on innovation, especially process innovation."

Agenda*

09:45-10:00 Arrival
10:00-10:45 Factory Presentation
10:45-12:45 Factory Tour
12:45-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Q&A
14:00 Depart

*Subject to confirmation

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This tour has sold out to register your interest in further factory tours please email Julie Knox on julie.knox@findlay.co.uk

Event Location: Pencoed, Bridgend, Wales

Individual Ticket Price: £350 per place excluding VAT
Bookings of 3 or more people: £315 per place excluding VAT


Limited to 10 places per visit

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Don't miss the chance to take this exclusive tour, book now by calling Julie Knox on 01322 221144 or email julie.knox@findlay.co.uk.

Winner:

BFA 2013 Toyota Material Handling Factory of the Year 2013
BFA 2013 Best Electronics & Electrical Plant
BFA 2013 Innovation Award

Highly Commended:

BFA 2013 Innovation Award
BFA 2013 Energy & Environment Award

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