MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING & CASTLE BROMWICH COLLABORATION SAVES BUSINESS £430,000
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Manufacturing Engineering 'racked up' savings of more than £430,000 in contractor fees and cost avoidance with K Block racking project after deciding to do the job themselves, with the support of colleagues from Castle Bromwich maintenance and DHL.
Not only did they save more than £80,000 by deconstructing existing racking but then helped Solihull's FA1, FA3 and Logistics Operation Centre avoid more than £275,000 in installation costs by donating the deconstructed racking to be installed in their trim shops and logistics centres.
To top it off the team when a step further and supported FA3 by installing new assembly line platforms and handrails which saved the business an additional £96,000.
The project started from humble beginnings when Manufacturing Engineering (ME) were tasked with removing racking from K Block as part of the space's renovations.
After calling on the help of CB's maintenance team and logistics partner DHL to support, ME maintenance manager Allan Walsh said the project was not only a golden skills development opportunity but also a prime example of what can be achieved when teams from across the business come together.
Flexibility and agility are two huge words in the business at the moment and rightly so because without the flexibiity, support and agility of colleagues in other functions we wouldn't have been able to achieve this.
Different functions provided team members across the projects depending on their skills from having licences for cherry pickers and MEWPs to electric engineering qualifications or logistics expertise to move equipment between sites.
The teams really came together when it was most important, inconvenienced themselves happily because they saw what we were trying to do and, while we moved along, allowed us all to develop our skills so as we go forward we become more agile. It was a fantastic project to work on and I think the plant, DHL and Manufacturing Engineering teams that contributed should be really proud.
Allan WalshManufacturing Engineering Maintenance Manager