ABB has partnered with Porsche Consulting, a leading management consultancy and a subsidiary of the sports car maker, to reshape analyser manufacturing, solidifying ABB’s position at the forefront of the analyser market.
The collaboration drives the deployment of a mixed-model production line for ABB’s process and laboratory analysers manufactured in Canada, leveraging best practices from the automotive industry.
The new production line offers optimised logistics, quality control and operations management, leading to 100% increase in output within the same floor space, and more than 30% decrease in lead times.
During the project, every aspect of the manufacturing process – from the production line setup and logistics to quality control methods and operations management principles – was examined and reimagined. In addition, change management approaches were introduced to prepare the factory staff for addressing the market's evolving needs, such as enhancing manufacturing and planning methods with test automation, live operations KPIs, and decoupling manufacturing subassembly product lines.
"Porsche Consulting helped us rethink our manufacturing systems. We wanted to be closer to the customers with better lead times and better reactivity, and to offer customers better visibility of the status of products during manufacturing,” said Marc Corriveau, Head of Global Operations, Analytical Busines Line, ABB.
“The smart, digital and lean manufacturing process pioneered through this collaboration will shape the future of analyser production, meeting the ever-evolving demands of the market and enabling us to maintain unmatched quality and service for our customers.”
Since the delivery of the first units in the spring of 2023, production has ramped up to double capacity, a testament to the efficiency and success of the innovative approach. Furthermore, the reduction in lead times has empowered ABB to respond swiftly to dynamic market demands.
The collaboration marks the latest chapter in a long-standing partnership between ABB and Porsche Consulting, which has encompassed diverse projects from strategic visioning to pragmatic operational transformations.-- TradeArabia News Service