Lloyd Morris Electrical are a market-leading control panel system design and installation company, based in Wrexham, North East Wales. First established in 1974, the business has demonstrated steady growth and now boasts a large, highly skilled workforce and an extensive fleet of vehicles and machinery. This impressive infrastructure has enabled the business to offer a range of bespoke design and installation services both nationally and internationally, including:
- HV and LV Distribution Systems
- Industrial Control and Automation
- Process Control and Instrumentation
- Intrinsically safe and other specialist forms of installation
- Data & FieldBus Network Cable/Fibre-Optic Systems
- Commercial and Building Installations
- Energy Management Systems
In 2015, Lloyd Morris Electrical contacted the Welsh Government for support in obtaining the Fit For Nuclear (F4N) accreditation – a complex quality management system which would allow them to work on the latest Nuclear projects taking place in Wales.
In order to achieve this, they would need to successfully complete the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC)audit.
Through this process, the company undertook the NMARC self-assessment questionnaire and identified a few critical areas for improvement – the use of 5S & Visual Management techniques in the production facility, together with formalised Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Design Failure Mode Affects Analysis (DFMEA) use in the engineering and design processes. Keen to move the business forward, Operations Manager Ian Faulkner instigated support through Construction Futures Wales to help him put in place the necessary processes.
In September 2015, the business undertook a Construction Futures Wales Company Health Check & Benchmarking exercise which assessed the company in 5 key areas – Financial, Process, Customer, Strategy and Learning & Growth – this process added to the NAMRC audit to helped to identify a more holistic action plan for the organisation. This review concluded support was also needed in the areas of Value Stream Mapping and Inventory control. A tailored package of support was implemented to address each of these issues in turn.
A series of workshops were designed by Construction Futures Wales’ expert consultant John Clement, to bring all company staff together to work on the proposed action plan in line with the requirements for F4N.
- 2 Sessions with production staff focussing on: 5S, Visual Management and Lean techniques
- Self-assessment tools and Self-evaluation
- Kaizen Blitz –
- Immediate Practical changes made based upon the findings
- Enhancing conditions with workflow and workspace
2 FMEA Workshops, concentrating on:
- Awareness and comprehension of FMEA for engineers
- Evaluation of current assessment processes
- Designing new FMEA/DFMEA assessment sheets for operational use
- Reviewing legacy systems and data for comparison
- Calculating Risk and generating RPN numbers
- Audit preparation
Following these successful workshops, Lloyd Morris Electrical were able to implement the required changes and roll out the new processes throughout the organisation in preparation for their final audit. In 2016, the company achieved the F4N accreditation, with excellent results, enabling them to bid for contracts under new frameworks.
Operations Manager Ian Faulkner is proud of the company’s response to this challenge.
“Our journey began when I attended a Meet the Buyer meeting with Horizon Nuclear and the Welsh Government. It was suggested that Lloyd Morris Electrical should apply for the F4N programme and we believed this would showcase our potential within the nuclear industry. We applied for the Welsh F4N pilot scheme and were accepted; subsequently we were then assessed by MyMas (AMRC).”
“Our original F4N assessment came back very good in the areas of quality, safety and environmental, but the business side was open to improvements. We're all very good engineers and electricians, but when it comes to strategy and leadership, certain training was required. "
“We contacted the Welsh Government and were told that support was available through Construction Futures Wales.”
“Construction Futures Wales support was instrumental in our achieving F4N status. John gave us valuable guidance and conducted various workshop training courses with us on, 5s, Visual Management and Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA).
“John also attended our steering group meetings and gave us direction – we were all pleased to see the step change in 5S at the factory - especially the enthusiasm of the employees in making the necessary changes.”
“Although we haven’t seen a significant upturn in our nuclear business in particular, our other clients have definitely benefitted from the improvements within our manufacturing facility through the F4N programme.”
Lloyd Morris have also received support through the Welsh Government Business Innovation Voucher Scheme.
For more information regarding Construction Futures Wales Support, visit www.constructionfutureswales.co.uk
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