Meeting the challenge for greater precision and compliance

In the ever increasingly competitive world of manufacturing, the demands for greater precision becomes critical, and with increased supplier regulation to ensure compliant supply chains, places ever increasing challenges to your business. Many people are talking about Industry 4.0, and Nadcap for example, but what is the significance to your business, and what steps are required to get there?

Coupled with the inevitable progression to increased data capture, and sharing of this real-time data across the supply chain, is going to require a precise and reliable data stream; all of this with a demand to become more and more cost competitive presents a real challenge. However, the implementation of new sensor technology into manufacturing processes won’t cure a process that needs attention, and the need to ensure that the fundamental accuracy of the process is even more critical, as the industry will demand greater precision and achievement of “right first time” with greater visibility of actual performance.

The National Physical Laboratory is the UK’s national measurement institute, and in addition to maintaining the ultimate reference standards of measurement for industry and science, is also playing a key role in helping shape the strategies and infrastructure supporting the development of these new technologies and accreditations, so is in the best place to help advise and support manufacturing businesses navigate the journey to measurement excellence. NPL offers a wide range of formal training courses, business support and improvement programmes, as well as helping develop new innovative ways of measuring key attributes of your products in your manufacturing process.

So we invite you to think differently about your manufacturing processes:-

· Are you confident your manufacturing and inspection processes are at maximum efficiency?

· Is EVERY component you produce right first time?

· Do you have the best measurement processes in place to outperform your competitors?

· Are you ready for the challenge of the connected supply chain?

· Are you ready to become industry accredited, e.g. Nadcap, IATF 16949?

NPL’s Product Verification Programme is brought to you by the UK’s national measurement Institute, pre-eminent specialists in the area of high precision measurement in advanced manufacturing. Our technical experts work with you to create a programme which exactly suits your business needs. By employing more accurate measurement and inspection practices, Product Verification can help you identify the pain points in your production and close the gaps in manufacturing efficiency. In 2 years, the NPL Product Verification Programme has generated potential savings of around £10mio in over 70 companies across the UK, leading to multi-million worth of new contracts. To find out more, please contact Steve Reynolds on 07738 894763 or email steve.reynolds@npl.co.uk www.npl.co.uk NPL led the development of the UK Measurement Strategy, part of the UK Industrial Strategy. Research shows that companies who use NMS (National Measurement System) services have higher survival rates than a control group of non-customers.

Ceri Stephens