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.

Our new 2016-2017 tour dates have now been released.

Sony UK Logo Sony UK Technology Centre

Take the tour of Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed on 25 April and discover how the flagship Sony broadcast and professional cameras and camera systems are produced to best in group manufacturing performance standards. Walk the line at a plant that prides itself on an innovative approach to people engagement that has earned an Investors in People gold award. The IiP Gold Award is awarded to only 3% of organisations across the UK and follows Sony’s extensive skills development plan for 400 employees.

This tour will also bring you insight on Sony Pecoed’s market leading standards in innovation, manufacturing cost performance and efficiency. The manufacturer of broadcast and professional cameras and camera systems based in Pencoed, South Wales out performed all other Sony manufacturing plants to win the global Production Centre President Award for Best Performance. Having achieved year-on-year improvement of all business operations, Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTEC) was scored on core performance indexes including innovation, quality, sales growth, environment, supply chain, manufacturing cost performance, efficiency, delivery, leadership, learning and development. The analysis included Sony manufacturing, third party collaborative manufacturing, customer service repair centre and the business incubation centre that is home to some 32 tenants.

Sony UK Technology Centre (UK) has successfully expanded the business incubation centre and the third party collaborative manufacturing business in Pencoed, including the production of more than eight million Raspberry Pis.

Agenda*

13:30 Arrival
13:45 Factory presentation
14:30 Factory tour
16:00 Q&A
16:30 Depart

*Subject to change

The agenda will cover

  • Sharing of best practice - previous winners of coveted UK's Best Factory Award
  • Innovative approach to people engagement and business development, including third party manufacturing and business incubation centre
  • Producers of the flagship Sony broadcast and professional cameras and camera systems for world-wide markets

Event Location: Pencoed, Wales
Individual Ticket Price: £350 per place excluding VAT
Bookings of 3 or more people: £315 per place excluding VAT

Limited to 25 places per visit

Places are restricted and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

mtc Logo The Manufacturing Technologies Centre

See the future of high-value manufacturing at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). Founded in 2010, the MTC has some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world enabling it to provide a specialised environment for the development and demonstration of innovation to be used on an industrial scale.

A leading proponent of Digitising Manufacturing and home to the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing, the MTC has expertise across a range of technologies. The MTC works collaboratively with companies of all sizes from start-ups to global corporations in diverse industry sectors including aerospace, marine, defence, construction and food and drink.

The tour will include a visit to the MTC’s ‘digital cave’, where delegates will see the latest in virtual reality technology, and how it can help manufacturers develop products without having to build a physical prototype.

Agenda*

09:30-10:00 Arrival & registration
09:30-09:45 Welcome from Works Management
09:45-10:30 MTC Overview
10:30-10:45 Refreshments
10:45-12:00 Tour of MTC (Group 1) & AMTC (Group 2)
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-13:30 Tour of MTC (Group 2) & AMTC (Group 1)
13:30-14:00 Networking/Q&A and depart

*Subject to change


Event Location: Coventry
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 restricted and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NATIONALITY IS REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING AND YOU WILL NEED TO PRODUCE YOUR PASSPORT TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE SITE.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Coca-Cola European Partners

See proactive maintenance and employee engagement in action at Coca-Cola

Visit Coca-Cola, Sidcup on 20 June and discover the secrets of getting the best out of your people and your plant. The Sidcup site has enjoyed a £30m makeover to develop a new canning line and a new pouch filling line. The Coca-Cola tour will include workshop-led sessions on effective people management and asset care management system/ the use of iPads in a smart factory environment.

Read more about what you will see on the tour as described by operations director, Trevor Stacey.

Agenda*

*To be confirmed


Event Location: Sidcup
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 restricted and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Confirmation is subject to approval by host site.

FujifilmFujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Achieve world beating quality by touring Fujifilm’s digital ink plant

Take the tour of the Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Broadstairs plant on 21 September and learn how to instil world beating quality standards into your production process.

Fujifilm- two-time winner of Britain's Best Process Plant at the BFAs-has taken right first time levels to near 100% and transformed its business from producing their heritage analogue products to pioneering precision UV curing digital inks.

The plant is not large, at approx. 8000m₂ but has 2300 SKU’s and manufactures 11,000 batches a year. Broadstairs is a model of decentralised control within a small batch, flexible manufacturing process.

Exacting digital ink batches must be produced to ink pigment particle sizes between 100 and 300 nanometres- smaller than the average human cell.

The quest for near perfection has involved huge investment in plant and people. The management team has focussed on engaging and multi-skilling the workforce to master new digital ink production with the introduction of NVQs in Business Improvement Techniques to help employees eliminate waste. Three cross functional CI teams have been set up to target kaizen and the site has saved more than 3,000 man-hours and counting.

Fujifilm also invested £3m in a new digital ink production facility and had to bring it online without disruption to customers or compromising right first time quality levels. At the same time the site achieved ‘zero to landfill’ status and gained accreditation to the OHSAS 18001 safety standard.

Agenda*

09:00-09:30 Arrival, welcome, coffee and pastries
09:30-09:45 FSIS Introductions
09:45-11:00 Presentations

  • Quality Journey 1 - Constant Manufacturing conditions / Vendor Partnerships / Right First Time / New Product Introduction
  • Quality Journey 2 -Meet the Champions

11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:45 Factory Tour
12:45-13:30 Lunch and Networking
13:30-15:00 R&D Tour
15:00-16:00 Q&A plus coffee
16:00 Depart

*Subject to change


Event Location: Broadtstairs, Kent
Individual Ticket Price: £350 per place excluding VAT
Bookings of 3 or more people: £315 per place excluding VAT

Limited to 24 places per visit

Places are restricted and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Confirmation is subject to approval by host site.

Siemens LogoSiemens Magnet Technology

Visit the home of innovation: Siemens Magnet Technology

See how Siemens Magnet Technology, Eynsham, on [add date] October harnesses employee-led innovation in its quest to build ultra-light magnets for MRI scanners. Meet a workforce who see continuous improvement as business-as-usual and brought 268 implemented ideas to the table in 2015.

Employee ideas contributed to over £475,800 in operational savings which contributed to saving over 10,000 production hours in manufacturing.

This is also a chance to hear about the award-winning work of Chris Hawes, test technician at the plant whose low temperature camera for inspecting MRI magnet turrets won a Manufacturing Champions Employee-led Innovation in 2016. The tour will take you on the line and give you the chance to quiz the management team on how they cultivated the site team’s ‘can do’ attitude through extensive NVQ-based training and skills development. Hear how Eynsham’s innovative streak has been instrumental in overcoming global cost pressures and achieving the site’s strategic goal of becoming the world’s number one preferred supplier of MRI systems.

Agenda*

10:00-10:30 - Arrival and registration
10:30-11:00 - Introduction to Siemens Magnet Technology
11:00-12:00 - Our Continuous Lean Journey
12:00-12:30 - Lunch and Networking
12:30-14:30 Smaller Group Factory Tours to include;

  • Factory Orientation - our product and process flow
  • Overview of our Lean Improvement Projects
  • Actual Lean Projects from our Cell Leaders
  • Aligning ‘everyone’ to our Business KPI’s
  • VR Cave

14:30-15:00 - Questions, Feedback and Close

*Subject to change


Event Location: Eynsham, Oxfordshire
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 restricted and allocated on a first come, first served basis.