Category Archives: Sector: Manufacturing

The £850,000 seventeen minute delay

Earlier in the week, the House of Commons Business Select Committee invited representatives from the UK’s automotive manufacturers to explain to them the impact of Brexit on this sector.  Honda UK’s representative gave a fascinating insight into his operation’s just-in-time … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Quality control of precision engineering products

This Zeiss promo video gives great insight into how a company manufacturing engines for high performance race cars uses technology to monitor the quality of its components.

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Life at Lego

This three minute video gives insight into Lego’s organisational culture.

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Operations Insight: Sunseeker

This video provides insight into how upscale leisure boats are manufactured.  The last time we blogged about Sunseeker was in September 2012.  Over these last five years, the company has faced some difficulties, due largely to the global financial crisis, … Continue reading

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Made Smarter Review – is the UK ready for 4i0?

The government has just published the Made Smarter Review.  This 231 page industry-led report explores “how UK manufacturing can maximise benefits from increasing adoption of digital technology (IDT)”.  The adoption of industrial digital technology, over the next 10 years, “could … Continue reading

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Handmade – craft skills in the era of the fourth industrial revolution

Most of my blogs about manufacturing tend to be about big companies and large-scale production.  So it is all too easy to forget that some operations are based on craft skills that are many hundreds of years old.  I was … Continue reading

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Digital business models in the automotive industry

Oliver Wyman have recently published a report on the implications of the digital revolution for carmakers.  To date, most auto manufacturers have developed their own digital products/services in-house, with only moderate levels of success.  But all the evidence suggests that … Continue reading

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Kobe Steel’s customers’ quality challenge

Kobe Steel has admitted that for the last ten years it has been falsifying quality test data on its products, including copper and aluminium sheeting, iron ore powder, steel wire, and copper tubing.  Kobe’s customers include most of the major … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Brioche Pasquier – capacity expansion plans

Gabriel Pastier started his bakery in 1936 selling brioche, pâtisserie and bread. After his death his five sons decided to continue making his traditional French brioche but to sell it in a wrapper and to market it through supermarkets. This was … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: New Balance – the additive manufacture of footwear

Shoe-making is typically thought of as a labour intensive operation, especially sports shoes.  This is because the product is made from soft materials, is manufactured in many different sizes, and many different models are marketed.  It is for this reason … Continue reading

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