The plant is not large, at approx. 8000m₂ but has 2300 SKU’s and manufactures 11,000 batches a year. Broadstairs is a model of decentralised control within a small batch, flexible manufacturing process.
Exacting digital ink batches must be produced to ink pigment particle sizes between 100 and 300 nanometres- smaller than the average human cell.
The quest for near perfection has involved huge investment in plant and people. The management team has focussed on engaging and multi-skilling the workforce to master new digital ink production with the introduction of NVQs in Business Improvement Techniques to help employees eliminate waste. Three cross functional CI teams have been set up to target kaizen and the site has saved more than 3,000 man-hours and counting.
Chris Beck, deputy editor of WM, said: “This is a great opportunity to tour an award-winning manufacturing site. Time is running out so I urge anyone interested to book a place as soon as possible.”
Fujifilm also invested £3m in a new digital ink production facility and had to bring it online without disruption to customers or compromising right first time quality levels. At the same time the site achieved ‘zero to landfill’ status and gained accreditation to the OHSAS 18001 safety standard.
In addition, Jim Davison of EEF will also be on hand to provide a presentation on continous improvement and quality management.
09:00-09:30 Arrival, welcome, coffee and pastries
09:30-09:45 FSIS Introductions
- Quality Journey
- EEF presentation - continuous improvement techniques
11:15-12:45 Factory Tour
12:45-13:30 Lunch and Networking
13:30-15:00 R&D Tour
15:00-16:00 Q&A plus coffee