Warranty Management Systems

IATF 16949, The Quality Management System for the Automotive Industry requires organisations to develop a way in which warranties will be managed. Before going any further it would be necessary to understand what the concept of warranty means. In a typical manufacturing environment we can distinguish three types of “bad feedback” sources regarding quality of… Read more »

What next for Global Materials Management Operations Guidelines Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE)?

MMOG/LE is the global standard for supply chain management processes, providing industry best practices. A supplier self-assessment and continuous improvement tool, MMOG/LE facilitates improvements in materials management efficiency and accuracy, while reducing costs from errors and waste. The tool can be used by both suppliers and customers throughout the entire product life cycle, including early… Read more »

New Product Introduction – The bridge between business strategy and manufacturing operations

For almost any manufacturer, accelerating the time‐to‐market of New Product Introduction (NPI) is a key strategic imperative within the constantly changing nature of today’s market environments. Aspirational growth targets are fundamental to future business strategy and a large part of achieving this growth will involve the introduction of new opportunities and new products into the… Read more »

Higher UK Productivity With Updated Skills

The UK is not alone amongst advanced countries in facing a productivity challenge currently. The sixteen most developed countries in the world economy are reporting a sharp drop in total factor productivity (TFP) in the current decade compared with the rate of increase achieved in the noughties up to the crash in 2008. TFP relates to… Read more »

AUTOMOTIVE COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE

          5,000 jobs vacant in UK automotive due to skills shortage New Automotive Council report reveals depth of skills shortage facing the sector. Up to 5,000 current vacancies in the automotive industry causing significant impact on business operations.1 Groundbreaking new Automotive Council report sets out skills requirements for UK automotive sector,… Read more »

Japanese Perspectives on Manufacturing Strategy

Malcolm Jones, Principle Engineer at Industry Forum,  has over 20 years experience in lean.    One of the less well known groups I studied with while undertaking my education in Japanese manufacturing practices was the TP Management Group at the Japan Management Association. TP Management, Total Productivity Management (not to be confused with TPM, Total Productive Maintenance), is an overarching policy deployment practice which incorporates Lean, TQM, TPM et al as required…. Read more »

Progress with UK Manufacturing

Rebalancing the UK economy following the crash of 2008 is widely understood as a desirable national goal. The recent progress of UK manufacturing can be assessed via the Annual Business Survey data which Office for National Statistics (ONS) have just released covering the period from 2008 to 2014. It shows that manufacturing gross value added (GVA) increased by £7.8bn… Read more »