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Tooling Management System
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A large pharmaceutical company, and major employer, in North Wales was facing a number of challenges from a complete re-organisation of its' manufacturing facility. This was in response to decreasing prices and increasing customer demands. The company looked to Manufacturingconsultants.co.uk to design and implement a new structure for controlling tooling over four manufacturing units.

The Business Challenge

The Pharmaceutical Company sought a Tooling Management System that would:

  • Have a stock of 'Fit for Purpose' tools
  • Have 100% availability
  • Be accepted by the intended users
  • Have low levels of supervisory input
  • Allow for cross departmental and team orientated data access
  • Ensure tooling information can be retrieved quickly and easily
  • Fit in to the companys' TPM (Total Preventative Maintenance) systems

The Solution

Manufacturingconsultants.co.uk worked collaboratively with the Pharmaceutical Company to:

  • Define a project plan using proven methods and establish a schedule
  • Re-organise the tooling using a '5S' project plan
  • Put all tooling information on to a database accessible across the company
  • Work with tooling suppliers and coaters to improve quality, reduce costs and improve service
  • Bring change parts with in the companys' preventative maintenance systems
  • Train users to ensure a higher level of acceptance and support
  • Provide on-going support to overcome initial obstacles and problems

The Benefits

Manufacturingconsultants.co.uk implemented a Tooling Management System that achieved the Pharmaceutical Companys' goals:

  • A stock of 'to drawing' tools complemented by 'Certificates of Conformity' giving traceability to supplier process records
  • A Kanban system giving 'visibility' of stock levels and minimum stock levels
  • Ownership of tooling by technicians
  • Structured feedback from shop floor personnel
  • Database of tools, on company network, linked to availability and drawing files
  • Tools correctly maintained and backed up with historical records
  • OEE figures improved on average by 15%