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Training puts railway wheel manufacturer on the right track to savings

 

Training puts railway wheel manufacturer on the right track to savings

A LEADING railway wheel manufacturer has managed to achieve cost savings and increase its output thanks to a training programme delivered by the Manufacturing Institute.

Trafford Park-based firm Lucchini UK Ltd enrolled their employees to undertake the Institute’s accelerated route to lean manufacturing (ARTL) course, which focuses on eliminating waste and driving up efficiency across the manufacturing process.

Coached and mentored by practitioners from the Manufacturing Institute, Lucchini’s team of 30 people were able to put their newly-gained knowledge into practice by delivering 15 individual improvement projects for the business, spanning production, quality and supply chain.

Successful measures included increasing the flow of materials on the wheelset assembly line, tackling bottlenecks and creating a new and efficient replenishment system to assist operators in tracking spare parts. Key to this success was the company’s development of a cultural training programme, merging lean tools with ongoing employee development.

The programme proved to be so successful that 25 employees were recently awarded the Manufacturing Institute’s Lean Manufacturing Fellowship in recognition of their results.

The training complements the company’s Lukomotion scheme, a programme which aims to help Lucchini become world-class by targeting five key drivers of safe working, people, elimination of waste, quality and the environment.

Chris Fawdry, managing director of Lucchini UK Ltd, said: “Our Lukomotion programme is about excellence in all we do, improving our business but also our lives and the industry in which we work.

“That’s why I’m so proud of the team who have taken up the challenge of the Accelerated Route to Lean programme. The results we’ve achieved are fantastic for our employees who have worked so hard and who are the real pathfinders for the future success of our business.

“I’d like to thank the Manufacturing Institute for their imagination and efforts in helping us on this journey. I want to see continued benefits for our business so I’m pleased to say that we’re already starting to look at our next group of students for the ARTL programme.”

Julie Madigan, chief executive officer of the Manufacturing Institute, said: “To date, the Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing course has helped over 600 manufacturing professionals create millions of pounds worth of productivity improvements for their businesses. It’s just one of many courses offered by the Manufacturing Institute to help employees develop their skills and knowledge to create highly successful manufacturing companies.

“The future of manufacturing relies on investment in people so I’m very pleased to see this valued by Lucchini. They have put in a great deal of hard work and commitment in driving up the efficiency of their organisation, but have also shown the value of employee development, which will continue to add value to their business for years to come.”

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