Eastyoke provided the Project Manager responsible for the installation and commissioning of plastic injection moulding machinery in the middle of a busy manufacturing site – an automotive tier 1 supplier – in the West Midlands. The challenge was to deliver the project safely and speedily, ensuring compliance with CDM 2015, while minimising the disturbance to nearby 24×7 production lines. The day to day tasks included the planning and oversight of civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering contractors involved in:
- Removal and replacement of the existing floor, relaying a new, stronger floor and re-seating several roof supports
- Supplying this area with extensions to the existing power, water, air and material feeds for the new machine
- Installation of a large overhead crane
- Installation of plastic injection moulding machinery, associated robotics and infrastructure
- Commissioning the new facilities
- Sign off and handover to client
Eastyoke planned and managed the installation and commissioning of new production lines at a European automotive powertrain manufacturing plant. The scope of the programme included the machining lines for the cylinder block, head and crankshaft as well as the engine final assembly lines.
The programme was required to support the launch milestones of new engine and vehicle models and required careful planning of machine delivery, installation, capability testing and line readiness approval and sign off.
New Product Introduction (NPI)
Eastyoke has run new product development and introduction programmes for automotive manufacturers and their tier 1 suppliers in the UK, Europe, North America and China. Working at client sites, our project managers have planned and delivered:
- Electric vehicle development programmes
- Vehicle electronic control systems such as ECUs & body modules
- Infotainment systems, instrument clusters & connected car technologies
- Vehicle electrical distribution / wiring harness development programmes
- Seating development programmes
- BIW manufacturing lines
- Logistics outsourcing programmes
- Powertrain production lines
- Formula 1 race car data logging and telemetry systems
Production Machinery – Printing
Eastyoke has provided this global supplier of industrial printing machinery with interim managers for the past several years. In particular, Eastyoke has provided contract project managers to work with the engineering and marketing teams developing new technologies for deployment in faster, more connected, higher quality printers.
One of our interims recently completed a hardware and software development programme which enabled the client to launch a new product at an international trade fair. The products were delivered on schedule and within budget.
Eastyoke also helped the company review and improve the manufacturing processes in a recently acquired European subsidiary.
A UK vehicle manufacturing plant was struggling to hit output targets in the face of multiple business challenges. Not only had they recently launched a new model, but volumes of more established models were also growing. Meanwhile, the parent company was pushing plant management to outsource the line supply processes to a corporate approved 3PL supplier. A perfect storm of change!
Local logistics management realised they needed to establish a PMO so as to better manage the multiple changes facing the plant. Eastyoke won a competitive tender to establish and – for an initial period of 12 months – run the PMO. Given the complexity of the task, we assigned one of our most senior people to manage the task. She worked alongside the client’s key managers to put in place a PMO, laying down ground rules for projects, setting standards and providing a forum for project oversight and control.
Not only has the PMO been successful in ensuring projects are delivered but significant savings and efficiencies have also been found and the contract has recently been extended for a further period of 12 months.
Chemical / Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Our client, a bioscience / biotechnology corporation asked Eastyoke to supply an interim project manager to oversee the expansion of its UK manufacturing facilities. The site manufactures chemical intermediates for the pharmaceutical industry and it was critical to ensure that production was not disrupted during the expansion.
The scope of the project included included design, construction and installation of a reactor hall, mezzanine floor, clean rooms, prep labs, stores, reactor vessels, mixing tanks and associated building services.
Eastyoke’s project management contractor was responsible for the oversight and coordination of the civils and process engineering contractors, consulting engineers and CDM coordinator, as well as liaison with the client’s management and stakeholders.