This week, we speak to our terrif-‘TIC’ supply chain superstars, from MP&L, whose incredible IT improvement idea saw them reach the final stages of the 2020/2021 TIC UK recognition activities, as well as save Halewood more than £70,000!
JIT Happens- which includes James Mullholland; Bradley Griffin and Joseph Underhill created a new web-based portal which gives our Receiving Team complete transparency over the exact times external freight vehicles arrive on site.
This has not only improved the efficiency of our supply chain operations but has also prevented line stops as their super scheduling tool has ensured all vans are unloaded on time, so associates aren’t waiting on parts!
Bradley Griffin, Senior Operations Engineer, in MP&L, said: “Before we created the portal, we had no control over what time each vehicle was arriving on site- all we knew was the day, so the process was inefficient.
“This caused lots of problems as when it came to unloading the vehicles, it was done on a first come, first served basis- rather than in any particular order. So, if we had vans arriving earlier than planned, they would be unloaded- even though the parts weren’t needed at that time.”
Joseph Underhill, MP&L Operations Engineer, said: “We had no space, so if we were unloading parts that we didn’t need, it was causing an overflow and that created safety issues as the walkways would soon get blocked up with excess stock.
“We also ended up with line stops as sometimes the material we needed to build the cars was sat in a van outside that hadn’t been unloaded!”
Frustrated by the process, Bradley, Joseph and James, who hadn’t worked together on a project before, came together to join a TIC team and the rest as they say is history!
Bradley said: “I provided the operations knowledge, Joe worked with the employees on the shopfloor and James created the portal as he is in his final year of his computer science degree- it was an incredible team effort.
James Mullholand, a Data Integrity Analyst, said: “It was great that I could use the skills and knowledge from my degree to do something which has made a huge difference for the business. The portal offers complete transparency with the freight vehicles arriving on site- even Thierry could log in and see what time the next van was coming into Halewood!
“It’s a strong example of Refocus in action as it has strengthened our supply chain and shows the benefit of using digital resources to transform and empower our operations.”
Talking about the successes so far, Bradley added: “The portal has been up and running for over a year now and we have saved over £70,000 through the efficiencies and improvements it has made- including removing the need for weekend overtime to catch up due to line stops.
“We also used to send European stock to Ellesmere Port, as we had no space to store it, but now we have the portal, it means we can manage that increased volume which is another saving for us.
Speaking about TIC, James said: “TIC is a huge enabler as it gets you out of that silo working mindset and brought three very different and skilled people together to create something that is a real benefit for our business, and we are proud of what we have been able to achieve as a team.”
Remember, getting involved in continuous improvement through TIC is a key way that you can play your part in Refocus transformation, which is our number one priority in manufacturing.
Refocus is helping us to transform the way operate to improve our quality, sustainability, and the profitability of our vehicles. This will ensure Halewood is in the strongest position to successfully rollout the electric architectures earmarked for our plant as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Reimagine strategy.