Case Study: Increasing Factory Output at Marel Group

AEW Delford Systems Ltd is part of the €130M Marel group - a leader in high-tech processing equipment for the food industry operating in 18 countries from Iceland to Australia. They bring together a vast resource of knowledge, experience & service from two of the best known names in the industry, AEW THURNE and Delford Sortaweigh.

The project
AEW Delford asked Nick Oliver Associates to launch a project to increase productivity and reduce lead time toproduce ‘Delford Weigh Price Labellers’. LEAN Training was the key. Nick Oliver Associates started the project with practical training in relevant lean techniques for the ‘cross functional’ project team. The training helped them see what big improvements can be achieved – and how. The Team used a very powerful form of mapping technique based on LEAN principles to identify opportunities to improve productivity & reducelead time. The training then enabled them to design and implement an effective plan to improve the operation.

Benefits

  • 30% Productivity Increase
  • Reduction in Lead Time from 9 to 6 weeks

The team made practical plans to change the operation to achieve the project mission. Nick Oliver Associates worked with the team over 5 months to help implement the changes and overcome many obstacles and difficulties.

“Providing our staff with the tools to ‘think lean’paid great dividends within AEW Delford Systems. We empowered supervisors and staff alike to make changes to eliminate waste and promote quality. In one manufacturing department we saw lead times reduced by 66% throungh implementing 5S and Kanban techniques.”
(Leigh Smith, General Manager)

“On Time Delivery performance went from 70% to 88% in 3 months”.
(Paul Welton. QA Manager)

Project Plans and Implementation The team made practical plans to change th eoperation to achieve the project mission. Nick Oliver Associates worked with the team over 5 months to help implement the changes and overcome many obstacles and difficulties.

Project results in the team’s own words:

  • “Communications are a lot better”
  • “Get to problems a lot quicker”
  • “Very good supply of fasteners now”
  • “Much less movement of sheet metal”
  • “New systems highly visual – easier to see demand and to control supply of parts”