1st March 2011
All modern manufacturing employs some form of methodology to achieve or maintain commercial advantage. It can take many forms; Kaizen, 6 sigma, 3M or the all encompassing "continuous improvement" but put most succinctly, it is simply how to make something better for less. Continuous improvement, as envisaged within ISO 9001, is a based on the holistic approach within the overall business activity whereas, for example, one-hit machining or rapid prototyping focuses on the discrete elements within a conversion process . Both considerations are vital to the longer term success of any enterprise but the scope can vary depending on the type of business. Product based manufacturing companies often have the advantage of design control, which can provide a significant source for change and improvement as they are able to encompass all the contributory elements not just the processes used but also the materials, tolerances or even complete technologies. Added to this is the greater degree of certainty that derives from the control of the product or process life cycle. Non- repetitive sub contract manufacturing by comparison, has a somewhat narrower window of opportunity and has to achieve ongoing improvements through process optimisation and targeted deliverables which match the industry sectors in which they operate. This often means adopting a non conventional approach, exercising some lateral thinking or making more inventive use of existing manufacturing technologies, something that Monolution has successfully achieved in the 3D machining and 5 axis applications. Innovation is the key , challenging the perceived wisdoms and turning conventional thinking on its head is what provides the opportunity for improvement in progressive sub-contractors. Monolution being such a company, constantly utilises its expertise to remain at the forefront of sub contract machining by ensuring we never stand still and embraces those changes that offer us and our customers that commercial advantage so necessary for success in today's highly competitive markets.