An increased demand for bespoke cables and other own brand manufactured products such as MDUs, Tecpro, EMO and Panamic boom poles, has led to Canford making significant improvements in its manufacturing facility. The combined effect of the changes has increased production capacity and seen the company’s production scheduling maintain a 100% completion rate for over four months.
A Rapid Response Cable Cell was developed to allow both custom and non-stock cable assemblies to be quickly produced, reducing customer waiting times. A Kanban scheduling system of ‘just in time’ production was implemented, meaning that the top 80% of most commonly used components are always available. Depending on cable type, cable assemblies can be produced, packed and ready for shipping within 20 minutes of the Cable Cell receiving a picking list generated by Canford’s Master Scheduling Team.
Similar cells have now been introduced for other product lines which have benefited from increased output and reliability.
‘’We pride ourselves in offering our operators a structured and consistent working environment, with production support readily available at all times,’’ said Kerry Storey, production manager at Canford.
A Production Support Team has been created consisting of qualified engineers who can help train production staff if they encounter any issues. Production operators are IPC qualified and two of the production team leaders are fully qualified IPC trainers.
Other initiatives include the creation of a Looming Station, where all internal wiring components are prepared and tested in advance of build-up, an upgrade to the planning system and the introduction of a Master Scheduling department.
John Slider, CEO, commented, “Customers have driven these changes by increasingly relying on Canford as their preferred supplier and it is gratifying to see our hard work pay off.”