A global supplier of rail vehicles and transportation systems asked Eastyoke to provide a Project Manager to champion the harmonization of CAD processes and design tools across multiple engineering sites in Europe and North America. Over the preceding five years, the business had acquired more than a dozen manufacturing plants, each operating its own distinctive design processes and CAD tools. It now made sense to converge on common processes and tools so that the subsidiaries might collaborate more closely. In other words, this was a business transformation programme with a strong engineering focus.
This 18 month project involved intensive consultation with local site managers to establish requirements and understand constraints. This was followed by a period of business process mapping, SAP interface definition, ITT, vendor selection, pilot programmes and systems integration. The pilot programmes were run at key sites in Europe and USA before being rolled out more widely across the business.
Towards the end of the programme, Eastyoke assisted with the recruitment and induction of an in-house programme manager to continue the harmonization process and ensure a smooth handover to the client’s own engineering support function.
Plastic Injection Moulding
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.
Automotive Engineering PMO
A major automotive tier 1 supplier engaged Eastyoke to set up and run a PMO for the 200-strong engineering department at one of its key European R&D sites. Eastyoke assigned one of its most experienced consultants to the client, a mature individual with a long track record of successfully running engineering departments and multiple concurrent R&D projects.
Eastyoke’s consultant quickly established a bond with the key opinion formers, introduced immediate improvements in project governance and set up the standards and management processes which formed the basis of the new PMO. It took 6 months for the new processes to become sufficiently bedded in across the department, such that, towards the end of that period, the consultant started coaching one of the client’s own senior managers to assume control of the PMO.
Our consultant left after 8 months but keeps in regular contact with this client. We are happy to report that they continue to optimise the PMO and that it is now a key part of their business culture.
Smart Meter Development
Eastyoke’s client is a global leader in metering solutions for the electricity distribution industry. The client has used Eastyoke interim managers to lead the development of new smart meters for the residential marketplace. The development programme’s objective was to deliver a reliable automated meter reading (AMR) and wireless telemetry solution in a robust, low cost unit suitable for high volume (>1m units) manufacture. The system had to meet stringent European safety & regulatory requirements and had to be integrated with the underlying comms and customer database infrastructure. The development programme was completed successfully and the units are currently being delivered to a major utility company for deployment to consumers in the UK.
The programme supports the UK government’s drive to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and contribute to a sustainable use of resources.
Chemical Process Engineering
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.