Manufacturing is a multi-faceted industry comprising companies producing everything from the world’s most advanced aerospace engines to the consumer electronics we use day in, day out. As technology advances, skills become more specific and markets become uncertain, it’s more important than ever to ensure that as a manufacturer, your operation is running to optimum levels. In this post we share 4 great ideas of how you can help your business achieve this goal.
Deploy Lean Principles
It can be incredibly liberating to see your business run like clockwork and reach record productivity rates. However, for many manufacturers this relief is short lived. Without the right protocols and perspectives in place, all it takes is one large order from your key account, an amazing new business project you just can’t turn down or a staff sick day to very quickly put you back to full capacity and inefficient working. That’s why deploying lean manufacturing principles can help you not just to streamline, but put measures and best practices in place so that productivity remains high in numerous scenarios. Lean thinking covers value, the value stream, flow, pull and perfection and you can find out more from http://www.ame.org/.
Maximise the Space You Have
Ever looked around your unit or workshop and the words “organised chaos” have sprung to mind? You wouldn’t be alone. Even though teams may think they’re managing just fine, there’s no reason to settle for anything less than excellent and a relatively straightforward way to get more from this capital is through material presentation. Material presentation (or accumulation systems) lays out the processes, tools and materials required in each stage of a manufacturing build in the exact order they’re required, with intervals for set teams to work their magic. To get more information about how this method can work for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Up-skill and Diversify Teams
Reduce risk in your business through safeguarding the manufacturing roles that are essential to customer delivery and profitable operations. Therefore it could be a good idea for your manufacturing company to look into training and development programmes for employees that focus on multi-skilling or gaining basic skills in other departments. This prepares you for being short staffed due to absence or growth whilst getting extra value without the additional wage bill. Not just operationally beneficial, training up your teams can generate a wellbeing boost that has been proven to improve productivity, collaboration and retention too.
Protect Your Equipment
Manufacturing businesses have a lot of valuable equipment under their roofs which needs to remain in pristine condition lest you risk losing money, time and client credibility. It may be that you’re constantly wasting cash due to parts being lost or damaged during manufacturing, repairs to finished products damaged in transit or costly compensation if a client isn’t happy with an order that arrives anything less than perfect. Why not consider flight cases as an option for storing and moving equipment in-house and also as a heavy-duty shipping container when your goods hit the road. Email email@example.com to find out more.
Do you feel that material presentation systems or flight case solutions could benefit the productivity and profitability of your manufacturing business or a company you may know? Then we’d love to hear from you. Just email our team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1827 60009.
If you’ve been reading the trade press, following our social media or checking out our email newsletter, you’ll know that Flightcase Warehouse recently acquired Production Park resident company, Box Clever Cases. Most of you readers who work in or have a connection to the touring industry will be well aware of this creative force, which attracts big-name stars and the best up-and-coming artists alike to its UK complex. But did you know that the following four massive live productions were born from Production Park and the inspiring companies that make the magic happen?
1) Jay Z and Beyonce’s OTR II Stadium Tour
The Carters (aka Jay Z and Beyonce) are the music universe’s most famous power couple and known for their demanding standards, attention to detail and multi-million dollar bank balances. All this means that it’s only the best for the R&B icons and as such, their team came to Brilliant Stages at Production Park to help bring their stadium tour to life.
The set was typically ambitious and included four treadmills, two hydraulic pantograph stairs, two miner carts, one scissor lift and three quick lifts – all on the one stage. Lighting troughs were also installed on every single runway to ensure that wherever fans were seated in the audience, not a single moment of the show would be missed. Learn more about the project here: https://www.productionpark.co.uk/stories/jay-z-and-beyonc%C3%A9/
2) John Bishop’s Rollercoaster Tour
Production Park company Perry Scenic Creative – whose philosophy is “nothing is impossible” worked extensively alongside hugely popular UK comedian and TV host John Bishop to create a spectacular live tour set. Perry Scenic Creative, who thanks to their multi-talented team of artistic experts have a bold tradition of realising truly incredible live event scenery, designed and constructed a set that incorporated visual gags to bring John’s script alive.
The set was created from scratch and featured a fully functioning Helter Skelter with a 3D sculpted clown head for the slide exit (yes, it’s a crazy as it sounds). The clown head incorporated soft padded teeth and ears that enabled John Bishop to climb the Helter Skelter and was set against an applique rollercoaster backdrop which gave the illusion that the structure was real and towering over the audience – and incredible atmospheric feat. Check out the project here: http://www.perryscenic.com/portfolio/john-bishop/
3) Robbie Williams’ Heavy Entertainment Tour
Even if you’re not a fan of the band, Take That’s “Progress” Tour back in 2011 caught the eyes of the nation with its 20m high, robot-style animated man. The centrepiece was designed and engineered by Production Park company Brilliant Stages and 6 years later Robbie Williams – who performed on the Progress Tour following a 14 year hiatus – approached Brilliant Stages to work with him on his solo Heavy Entertainment’ Tour.
Over twenty gruelling weeks Brilliant Stages developed a stage set centred on the theme of “pow”, which made use on an intricate and intelligent video frame that could be broken down and reconstructed quickly for slick transitions between shows. Check out the project and its visuals here: https://www.productionpark.co.uk/stories/robbie-williams-the-heavy-entertainment-show-tour/
4) FIA World Endurance Championships
Touring doesn’t just mean music or arena entertainment. The motorsport industry produces some of the most exhilarating live events you can grab a ticket for, something Production Park’s Litestructures understands well. The company went on tour with Ford for the past three FIA World Endurance Championships, partnering with the global automotive name to build bespoke garage gantries complete with full LED lighting fixtures and vital engineer stations (keep maintain the two Ford GTs the team competes in).
The most recent race saw Litestructures redesign the entire Ford travelling garage, adding overhead lockers above the engineer’s units and new-look side pods with additional mains supplies to further support the crew during heats. Read more about the project here: https://www.productionpark.co.uk/stories/litestructures-works-with-ford/
If you work in the touring industry and rely on heavy-duty flight cases to protect and transport your technical equipment and set pieces, we’d love you to give Flightcase Warehouse a try for your next project. We can build bespoke to a touring grade specification that you brief, utilise the latest engineering and technology for ultimate precision and have over twenty years’ experience servicing your sector. To find out more please call +44 (0) 1827 60009 or email email@example.com
Next week is the 10th anniversary PLASA Focus Leeds show, the premier event for live entertainment technology in the North of England and an expo staple for professionals working in audio, lighting, AV, rigging and staging. The Flightcase Warehouse team will be exhibiting alongside an impressive line-up of fellow industry brands and you can visit us at Stand N-B06 to check out our leading range of tailor-made flight cases, our latest bespoke creations and get all the advice you need when it comes to protecting your kit. There’s a ream of reasons to visit – read on to get yourself prepped!
PLASA Focus Leeds takes over the Royal Armouries and is packed with exhibitors. In the Royal Armouries Hall alone you can expect to see the likes of Stage Electrics, Bose, Chauvet, Sennheiser, Shure and Technical Sponsor Hawthorne, along with tonnes of other fantastic industry names – all of whom will be showcasing their latest tech. You can also catch amazing demos and with some brands, even test out equipment capabilities for yourself. Next door in the New Dock Hall you can stop at stands for players including White Light, Prolight and Martin Audio, as well as saying hello to us, Flightcase Warehouse.
A massive benefit of visiting PLASA Focus Leeds is the access you get to a comprehensive, creative and inclusive seminar programme, helping members, exhibitors and visitors keep abreast with exciting developments and anticipate future trends. Highlights are set to include ABTT’s piece on technical standards in entertainment, which will cover how performance is married with safety, Harman and Sound Technology’s joint presentation exploring ideas around creative, collaborative lighting design, and a number of specific training sessions.
Although a smaller cousin of PLASA’s flagship London show, being staged in the vibrant Clarence Dock area of the city means the Focus Leeds event is inevitably well-serviced by surrounding bars, restaurants and hotels. The venue is also easily accessible by bus, train or road so is ideal for both an overnight stay and a whistle-stop few hours networking.
If you’re heading to the event, make sure to work a stop at the Flightcase Warehouse stand (N-B06) into your itinerary – we’d love to hear about your business, your protection challenges and how we can work together to ease these pressures. Can’t make it? Just call 01827 60009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote or support.