Case Study 1: Electronics

Lean Manufacturing Training by Alora Consultants Cork

Background

This medium sized company provides a complete printed circuit board (PCB) solution to the electronics industry. The company can manage the PCB supply chain from PCB design, quick turn prototypes to production quantities, component kitting and assembly.

Problem

The lean start initiative concentrated on the miscommunications and rework associated with the order fulfillment process with specific focus on the CAD design process.

Goal

To improve internal communication between business functions from design to subsequent downstream activities.

Results

Case Study 2: Engineering

Lean Manufacturing Training by Alora Consultants Cork

Background

This midlands based company is a specialist designer and manufacturer of wastewater treatment products.

Problem

The lean start initiative focused on reducing the ever increasing overall operating expenses of the business concentrating labour costs in the salad sector of the business.

Goal

To establish a cost of sales model covering materials and labour for the main products, to develop a P&L for the financial year. To identify improvement programs to bring company costs back into line.

Results

The key improvement measure used was operating expenses as a % of turnover. As a result of implementing agreed initiatives, operating expenses reduced to 41% of sales. The initiatives included: