LEAN Manufacturing

LEAN Manufacturing

FSM knows it needed to be among the most competitive manufacturers in the Sheet Metalwork business. We introduced ‘Lean Manufacturing’ as a way forward for the operation. After talking with specialists, Nick Oliver Associates, we soon realised that ‘5S’ was for us and set about implementing our own Lean/5S programme.

Lean means ‘Fully understanding what our customers value and making it happen to the right quality at the right time.’

Since implementing Lean, significant improvements have been made to our manufacturing process. Our overall operation times have been decreased by minimising ‘travel’ on any typical product, good housekeeping, systematic stock control and regular audits.

This has helped reduce lead times for our customers, and the Lean approach contribution to waste management has helped us remain competitive.