HTFH Transformation Project, East Kilbride, Scotland – Phase 1

While HTG is investing in the development of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Luton, continuing support for its other global sites (Peter Brotherhood (England), HTFH (Scotland), HTInc (USA), HTK (China) and HTI (India) are being planned on a benefits/cost basis.

In order to future proof the HTFH facility in Scotland a degree of upgrading is required in order to bring its systems, processes, infrastructure and machinery to the desired ISO9 / Fit 4 Nuclear Group level. Using Lean Sigma techniques and processes HTG’s “Transformation Team” have instigated a future proofing improvement project at its HTFH facility in Scotland, supported by the Scottish Enterprise.

The future proofing plan is to modernise the shop floor and systems first by way of consolidating all manufacturing into 2 bays,  allowing the team to bring bay 1 & there after bay 2 up to ISO9 / Fit 4 N particulate level compliance, in order to be able to manufacture Subsea, Nuclear Power and Oil and Gas component parts to the same level of quality as the CoE in Luton.

Several events are being run throughout the year including a Mega 5s event, a Creative-Destructive event, clean lean certification events and site wide communication events. The first phase of the transformation was a Mega 5S event, attended by Rhona Alison, Head of Business Development at Scottish Enterprise.

Marketing, Sales & Operational Planning (M,S&OP) award winning information systems

We are constantly driving operating efficiencies, both internally and in supply chain partnerships – to generate enhanced quality assurance, exceptional peace of mind and confidence for our customers.

Central to HTG’s Centre of Excellence is the continued development of our Marketing, Sales & Operational Planning (M,S&OP) award winning information systems. We have embedded “What-if” scenario planning capability through highly customised Witness Simulation software, to benefit our strategic partners throughout the entire supply chain using predictive simulation technology proven to maximise performance, optimise throughput and resource utilisation. Witness Simulation software also provides significant advantages over real life experimentation in terms of cost, time and repeatability when variability, disruption and complexity exist.

M,S&OP links our sales function with engineering, manufacturing, supply partners and production departments via an in-house, best-in-class, innovative ‘all-in-one’ Epicor (ERP) contract management system. Through a single process flow, we drive all business operations with the flow line system designed and dedicated to each product application. In addition we have developed a unique factory transportation system to optimise fl ow and provide safer working.

Innovation hubs

Driving and facilitating internal processes to drive through our strategy of innovation across the business, the SPEAR (Strategy, Pace, Engagement, Achieving Results) has been formulated. Comprising teams of specialists across Design, Manufacturing, Production, Logistics, Communications and IT, teams are built to collaborate on specific tasks to investigate, analyze, overcome key business issues and facilitate innovation throughout the business.

Within each of our global locations, ‘innovation hubs’ have been designed and built to provide a central ‘operations’ facility to be on hand and local to each of the businesses.