Check out our latest white paper on Packaging Changeovers in the Pharmaceutical Industry Over the last twenty-five years, pharmaceutical companies and packaging operations have struggled to respond quickly to market demand. Added to this, operational inefficiencies; the increase in the number and complexity of product configurations; and the ongoing demand for compliance has made […]
The highly successful book for Total Productive Maintenance written by Peter Willmott, John Quirke and Andy Brunskill is now available to purchase at Waterstones. Titled Total Productive Maintenance, a foundation of Operational Excellence. The book provides the following 5 essential outputs: Provide a practical guide of how to deliver sustainable benefits using the TPM enabling system Show […]
Phil SPooner, partner at S A Partners and who heads up our Process sector, will be speaking at the NEPIC Best Practice In Industrial Asset Management Conference this coming 18th November. The topic Phil will be speaking about, will be ‘A foundation for Operational Excellence’. In this session, Phil will position TPM as an approach […]
I’ve been asked to share my experience of lockdown and some “top tips” on virtual training. Three months ago I knew nothing about Zoom, and hadn’t really bothered getting to grips with Microsoft Teams. But then everything changed……! I wouldn’t call myself a complete technophobe, but let’s just say I’m often late to the party […]
Improving the Image and Perception of Maintenance by clearly stating what Maintenance ‘Best Practice’ can bring to the Operational Excellence agenda
We’ve decided to give away some copies of the award winning publication, ‘Staying Lean, Thriving not just surviving’ written by Prof. Peter Hines and Gary Griffiths et al, both of S A Partners.
The Maintenance and Engineering Journal will be running an online series of 3 articles using the recently published book, TPM – a foundation of operational excellence, as the reference guide. The first of the series explores the myths and realities about the central performance metric of TPM called Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). It includes the […]
Our recently released TPM book has been reviewed by the Maintenance & Engineering Journal who gave it a big thumbs up by saying it ‘is a must-read document for anyone seeking to improve the efficiency of their manufacturing operations‘. The book called ‘TPM a foundation of Operational Excellence‘, was written by John Quirke, Peter Willmott […]
Over the last 5 years Peter Hines and Chris Butterworth have conducted research in over 100 companies worldwide. Of these, around 40 have shown themselves to have, in their different ways, the Essence of Excellence they were looking for. This has culminated in the book, The Essence of Excellence, which was launched in January. In […]
This food company is based in the UK and has 3 sites employing Established in the late 1980s and around employing around 350 people (Part of a wider – global group of companies). They produce authentic, premium, specialist products for food service and retail sectors. The focus for the work was on 1 site and the […]
I have recently returned from three weeks of sun and scenery in the USA, as part of my travels I took a couple of internal flights, on Delta Airlines to transport me in and out of Salt Lake City, my starting point, then travelling up through Idaho into Yellowstone National Park. So for those in […]
If you have just been to, or watched the Glastonbury Festival – this is a real feat of ‘Lean operations management’ that we may not usually consider. For example: Last year there was 3 Days of production planning and operations. This year there is 4 as Thursday hosts the ‘surprise act’. 10 stages – or […]
Lean exercises don’t have to be dull. This Line Balancing exercise, which uses a parody of the BBC’s cult TV series Master Chef, looks at how you could produce a meal every 2 minutes in a given environment. Using Line Balancing Analysis, can you solve this one?
In this penultimate article in the series, we will review the Fifth Founding Principle of TPM called Early Equipment Management-abbreviated to EEM and occasionally referred to as TPM for Design. This paper will cover the following: Recap & focus Early Equipment Management Principles Increase OEE Improving our Planned Maintenance Systems Routine Front Line Operator Asset […]
This free to download exercise looks at Big Picture Mapping:- Create a big picture map Identify opportunities for improvement Quantify the features of the current state Identify opportunities for improvement Develop a roadmap for improvement Identify the features of the future state map Create a future state map To download this free exercise simply click […]
It’s that time of year again and I really love the 6 Nations competition. However, my other passion is Lean Thinking and I often blend the 2 subjects – albeit involuntarily! Whilst watching the epic battle – Wales V England – my thoughts were invaded by the ‘Total Productive Maintenance’ of the players – all […]
Over the years I’ve often been asked the salutary question… ‘How many successful applications of TPM have you been involved in?’
Before I answer the question I seek clarification by suggesting….
Things that are good for the planet are also good for business. Numerous studies from the likes of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Harvard, MIT Sloan, and others indicate that organizations that commit to goals of zero waste
In this issue, we highlight how the TPM system model uses the Enterprise Excellence Model to deliver long lasting and sustainable TPM results.
In this podcast we talk to Fiona Buttrey, who is the technical manager at Vale in Swansea. Fiona has been at Vale since before they started their CI journey, and has seen the progress made within the organisation which resulted in Vale winning a Shingo medallion. Below is a transcript of the interview: When did […]
John Quirke who leads our Pharma & Medical Device sector, has recently co-written an article with Peter Willmott, headed ‘Maintenance & Operational Performance as a Key Enabling System of Enterprise Excellence’ and had it published in the Industry & Business Magazine – Ireland.