Organised systems can make significant savings

A group of Armstrong Medical Ltd staff have completed a Level 2 NVQ course in Business Improvement Techniques (BIT).

23rd July 2013

A group of Armstrong Medical Ltd staff have completed a Level 2 NVQ course in Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) funded by the Department of Education and Learning.

In December 2012 the group of Armstrong Medical Ltd staff began a Level 2 NVQ course in Business Improvement Techniques. The group met twice a week and followed Kaizen Techniques (problem solving and continuous improvement) to implement 3 projects with the aim to improve processes to make efficiency savings. These projects have contributed to the company’s “lean” objective and as a result significant savings will be made in over the next three years.

“Lean” is a system/approach to eliminate waste and enable continuous improvement. This is achieved through improving processes and making things more efficient. Within Armstrong Medical Ltd “lean” isn’t just about manufacturing it affects all departments.

All the projects had one common theme, organised systems. An example of one project is the organisation of the storage of tools beside one cutting machine used in the Precision Engineering Department. Due to the success of this cost saving idea, this will be rolled out across other machines in this department.

Raymond Cooke, Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering from Belfast Metropolitan College said:

The BIT NVQ is a unique team based qualification which has a focus on team work and companywide business improvements.

The BIT team in Armstrong Medical Ltd were a group of highly motivated individuals with a strong team and company focus. They had a sound understanding of business needs, this was reflected in their choice and delivery of their three business improvement projects, each of which delivered resounding improvements by reducing cost and improving quality and delivery schedules.

I would like to acknowledge the contribution and continued support of DELNI in funding the BIT programme.

Jenna Emo, Operations Assistant in Armstrong Medical Ltd who took part in the NVQ course explained:

This course has taught me new techniques which can be applied to deliver continuous improvement within Armstrong Medical. It is rewarding to see the impact that implementing simple procedures can have on company efficiencies and cost savings.

John Armstrong, Managing Director of Armstrong Medical Ltd stated:

Undertaking projects like this allows our product to become more competitive and we are seeing success from this when exporting our products to countries worldwide. In this economic environment the successes will be those companies who continue implement projects just like these.

For information about the diverse range of products that Armstrong Medical Ltd sell, please contact Armstrong Medical’s Sales Support Team, Kerry Cooper, Lyndsay McAfee or Donna Hamilton on +44 (0) 28 7035 6029 (Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm GMT).

Organised systems can make significant savings – A group of Armstrong Medical Ltd staff have completed a Level 2 NVQ course in Business Improvement Techniques funded by the Department of Education and Learning. This has resulted significant savings which will be made in over the next three years. Raymond Cooke, Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering from Belfast Metropolitan College (pictured centre) presents the Armstrong Medical Ltd group with their certificates alongside John Armstrong, Managing Director of Armstrong Medical Ltd (centre left) and Donna McFadden, Operations Director at Armstrong Medical Ltd (centre right).