DD Scientific (DDS) a Fareham-based firm is already seeing the benefits of implementing lean thinking and business techniques after recently commissioning the services of Gosport-based lean business specialists, Fedden USP.

Over a three month period Fedden USP delivered a series of eight full day sessions on lean business improvement techniques. The first five workshops were an introduction to lean, lean theory and how to apply it in a real world business environment. The initial sessions were then followed by three days of practical project support to help put in place any projects that were identified in the initial workshop.

Neil Fedden, MD and Principle Lean Consultant, Fedden USP

Neil Fedden, MD and Principle Lean Consultant, Fedden USP

DDS is a world leading electrochemical gas sensor manufacturer and was keen to improve efficiencies within its processes. As a result of the lean training, the firm undertook a major change in the layout of its production processes and introduced a number of new standardised working including problem solving, Statistical Process Control quality analysis, equipment concern reporting and follow-up, and accident near miss reporting. An accident status display was also introduced, as well as quality concern visual aids and a lean communication board displaying the output of the newly installed processes and progress against the lean initiatives identified, which initially totalled 19 improvement opportunities.

Roger Davies, Production Manager at DDS commented: “This is the first time we have ever undertaken any lean training and I am delighted with the results so far. We now have a significantly revised and improved Production layout, reducing movement and contributing to team working and I’m sure we can now build on these results through continuous improvement as we move forward.”

Bryan Palmer, lean Consultant with Fedden USP added: “It was a pleasure to work with the team at DDS who were all keen to learn about the LEAN techniques from the outset. I believe the training will have given them the confidence to pass on what they have learnt to their colleagues, which should result in further process improvements in the future.”