Assignment: Supporting New Product Introduction Programme
Tecomet forges ahead with Productivity Improvements
Tecomet acquired Symmetry Medical products in 2014 and demanded a programme aimed at rapidly improving its productivity at its Sheffield plant. The plant produces mainly hip implants and knee joint replacements and some aerospace turbine blades. The management team required external support to help them with their programme during a time when their New Product Introduction Programme was reaching unprecedented levels.
The business comprises a Forge, Foundry and Machine shop, each with different challenges in their processes and practices. A programme based on Machine shop re-layout, supervisory and management training, leadership coaching and shop floor scheduling. Bourton Group worked closely with the management team over twelve months analysing processes and routines and coaching staff in the new ways of working.
The plant re-layout coupled with improvements in the scheduling systems; together with coaching of key staff ensured the 19% increase in output was achieved without increasing headcount and while meeting the stringent quality targets set by the group were met.
This gave the parent company the confidence with the local management team to bring more work to the Sheffield site over the next two years.