Body Shop 3 at Solihull is reaping the rewards of working as one
Building body Sub Assemblies is not an easy process and with many detailed parts, tiny tolerances and complex machinery, it’s no wonder that it’s a challenge to achieve world class OPR levels.
Body Shop 3’s Sub Assembly area has had to overcome a number of challenges recently which has caused over-cycling, having knock on impacts to the overall amount of bodies it can produce. All of this has meant that in the past, overtime has had to be put on to catch back the build - which comes at a cost to our plant.
A call to arms was issued. From associates to logistics planners, Body Shop 3 formed a crack team, tasked with the mission of busting overcycles in Sub Assembly.
James Hayden from Material Planning and Logistics (MP&L) was one of the team members to accept the mission. He looks after the Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV) in the building. He explained, “we came together as a team, identified the issues causing over-cycles and all took responsibility for fixing the things we knew most about.”
In true Project Charge fashion, overtime has reduced in Body Shop 3 by 5% because of the improvements made. That has saved the business a staggering £80,000 - almost enough to buy you a brand new Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition.
James said, “each one of us made small improvements which together has all amounted to something really big. It really shows that having the right people, at the right time with the right desire pays off.”
A big well done to the mission team in Body Shop 3.
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