Lean in the NHS

15 Oct 2010 12:11:11

Aster was engaged in late 2009 to provide basic lean training to a number of key staff from NHS Gloucestershire. Following the training programme a project team made up of delegates from the training programme was put together as part of their QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) programme with the aim of helping NHS Gloucestershire improve its back office service delivery processes.

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Gary Hewitt, Managing Director takes up the story, "Our business has been trading for over 25 years. However, we felt it necessary to take a fresh look at how we both designed and manufactured products. The increase in global competition over the past decade has meant that our industry has been slowly ravaged by companies operating in low cost geographies and as a result we needed to find a fresh competitive advantage.

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7 wastes removal

Case Studies  |  11 Jan 2006 09:06:45

One of Aster’s principals was employed by a global consumer electronics manufacturing company to increase productivity and improve quality levels.

The factory, based in the north east of England, had been established for a number of years manufacturing colour television sets (CTVs) for the UK market. It had however grown so quickly that the workforce of over 200 staff lacked unity and leadership.

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Effective Management & Purchasing

Case Studies  |  17 Jun 2005 16:30:16

Aster Training won a contract in early 2005 to provide refresher training in purchasing skills for the Marshall Amplifications plc materials team. Established for over 40 years, Marshall’s design and manufacture amplifier and professional public address systems for the music industry.

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Steve Beckwith, Production Manager takes up the story “Because our products are physically very large, (Trailer mounted, self propelled, track mounted and vehicle mounted hydraulic access equipment) prior to lean implementation, space was at a premium. Even the outside yard where we completed final inspection and customer acceptance testing was cramped – we urgently needed to do something different and manufacture our products in a different way.

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5S Manufacturing

Case Studies  |  23 Nov 2003 00:00:00

Aster Interim Solutions were engaged by Axis Electronics Ltd to carry out a review of business activities. In the latter part of 2003, Aster was given the objective of introducing Lean Manufacturing to the Bedfordshire based electronics manufacturing company. The objectives of the project were to generate improvements to enhance customer satisfaction and to produce a marketing strategy which encompassed the achievements of the project. The scope would involve training the senior managers, introducing the project to the workforce and then leading the implementation of the resulting plan.

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