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New wrench assembly cell

New wrench assembly cell

As part of our continual review of efficiency and improvement, a new assembly cell was set up during the summer for the production of our updated and elegantly designed TSN and TSC wrenches. After detailed analysis it was felt that we could achieve a more efficient flow through the department, with the end result, always in our minds, of improving lead times for our customers still further.

The cell was set up according to the 5S principles, the Japanese workplace organisation method which arranges a work space for maximum efficiency and effectiveness under the headings Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardise, and Sustain. The intention is to make work easier by eliminating any obstacles. Paul Bulbeck and David Taylor are working in the new cell, with James Scott helping out when extra capacity is needed.

The new cell comprises two assembly cells and two calibration cells, and includes wall-mounted PC screens for more rapid and convenient calibration. Everything is positioned exactly to ensure that both TSC and TSN wrenches complete a purposeful transition through the area, that maximum output within a minimum timeframe is achieved, whilst GTL's worldwide reputation for quality is upheld.

It is intended that this working template will eventually be rolled out across the factory for other cells.

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