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Page 1 of 4 © 2016 FORCAM
Engine Systems
This succcess story illustrates how GKN
Aerospace Newington has successfully been
improving their manufacturing productivity
using FORCAM’s Advanced Shop Floor
Management Technology, FORCAM FORCETM
.
The following describes how GKN Aerospace
management, stakeholders and operators are
able to see production anywhere, anytime in
real time. The company is now able to analyze
machine data and understands current machine
states. This allows for timly intervention and
quality improvements.
A world of demanding
challenges. How does an
industry leading company
like GKN Aerospace improve
their manufacturing
productivity?
GKN Aerospace, an aerospace operation of
GKN plc based in the UK, is one of the world’s
largest independent first tier aerospace
suppliers, providing complex, high performance,
high-value integrated metallic and composite
assemblies for aero structures and engine
products with a broad range of capabilities.
GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, one of four
divisions, accounted for 50% of sales in 2013.
GKN Aerospace has close strategic partnerships
with all the major OEMs and tier one suppliers
– General Electric, Pratt & Whitney Rolls-Royce,
Snecma and MTU. This Success Story features
the Engine Systems division, a Low- Volume
High-Mix/Value Environment of GKN Aerospace,
based in Newington Connecticut, USA.
Technology Investement
GKN Aerospace has a reputation for investing
in technological innovation, developing and
applying new products that bring real and
practical benefit to their customers, aircraft
operators and passengers. GKN Aerospace’s
capabilities have been, and continue to be,
developed through constant investment and
innovation. Their investment in the FORCAM‘s
Advanced Shop Floor Management Technology
allows GKN Aerospace to be lean and advances
their capabilities to manufacture and assemble
metallic engine casings and fixed structures in
highest quality standards.
Product Selection
GKN Aerospace leads the market in the de-
sign and production of fan containment and
non-containment cases in titanium, aluminium,
Nickel alloy and composites.
Benefit for
GKN Aerospace
• 20% reduction in
operation time
• Direct labor efficiency
increase
• On time delivery
• Increased machine
utilization
• Cost reduction
• Improvements on
standard hours and lead
time
GKN AEROSPACE
20% REDUCTION IN OPERATION TIME
AT A GLANCE
Name: GKN Aerospace
Industry: Aerospace
Location: Newington, CT
Sergio Moren, Director of Operations and Martin
Thorden, President GKN Aerospace Newington at GKN
Aerospace Engine Systems Facility
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FORCAM FORCE™ is an extremely flexible and
powerful tool for improving manufacturing
productivity, making it incredibly easy for GKN
Aerospace to achieve unprecedented improve-
ments in production. GKN Aerospace envisions
new ways to keep customers happy and intends
to further increase focus on their needs.
Risks
President, Martin Thorden,
says “This technology
is a very good tool for
continuous improvement
activities; we are actually
able to see the effect of
the change right away and
we can now measure our
performance on a daily
basis - instantly”. “This
gives us an overview of all
of our equipment and how
we are utilizing them”.
When asked about the risk
of acquiring the FORCAM
FORCE™ system, Martin Thorden proclaimed:
“Strategically, the biggest risk of NOT having
this FORCAM FORCE™ Technology is that we
would be out performed by our competitors”.
Martin Thorden, President, GKN Aerospace Newington
GKN Aerospace has had the FORCAM‘s
technology in place for one year. Martin Thorden
explains, “We took a moderate approach to what
we should be able to achieve in this first year
and I am convinced we have been able to achieve
our objectives.” “Since this is a journey, we are
in phase 1 while working towards hooking up to
our ERP SAP in phase 2”.
In their visual lean manufacturing environment,
GKN Aerospace has the FORCAM FORCE™
Technologyprovidingavisualdisplaythatshows
status information on the plant floor enabling
their operators to signal line status based on
color: green for normal operation, yellow when
assistance is needed, and red when the line
is down. This provides increased throughput
efficiency, and real-time communication of
plant floor status alongside information on
Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE). It is fast and
accurate. GKN Aerospace can instantly respond
- react - and improve. With focus on continuous
improvement, GKN Aerospace is able to see all
production in a clear glimpse knowing in real
time when lines require attention.
Visibility
Sergio Moren, Director of Operations, at GKN
Aerospace Newington states, “The Technology
helps me react as well”. I’ve been trying to instill
my management team to keep track, while
using the system as they learn. They review
Gantt charts and reports to see when the
machines status starts and stops. This helps us
be more proactive as Martin mentioned”. “We
see benefits that show that we are doing better
against our standard hours, which we can
directly relate to using the FORCAM FORCE™. We
see it in the bottom line”.
During the Pilot, the FORCAM FORCE™
technology has helped us get great results,
Martin Thorden states. Sergio Moren agrees,
“FORCAM is important because everyone knows
what to do - we all now know what we have to
do. FORCAM helped to quantify and justify our
course of action to get to certain levels.
“We have realized
20%reduction in
operation time on the
components we have
focused our CI efforts
on during the year.”
Martin Thorden, President
GKN Aerospace Newington, CT
GKN AEROSPACE
20% REDUCTION IN OPERATION TIME
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GKN Aerospace has daily production
meetings tracking their parts. Engineers are
responsible for these parts and need to talk
about improvements via their Key
Performance Indicators (KPI). KPIs are
metrics that facilitate achieving GKN
Aerospace’s critical goals. The best
manufacturing KPIs are aligned with
top-level strategic goals to identify and
quantify waste. According to Sergio
Moren some KPI’s are:
►► on time delivery
►► quality notification
►► toll cost
►► inventory
Ewelina Maselek, the Sales and
Configuration Engineer mentions KPI’s
to reduce lead time from about 50 days to 34
days. GKN Aerospace can now run smaller
batch-sizes because the flow of production is
improved. In gathering the data, “The newer
machines can handle more signals so we get
more accurate data. As for the older machines,
we have to rely on the operator to signal or tell
us”. In the beginning; it was tougher to trouble
shoot signals if the machine was not operating
to its full capability. The question always was
is it really running 100 percent? A very painful
realization.
For instance one machine, a dual ram mill turn
with two controllers, was not working properly
and we didn’t realize it until the operator told
us that one had lost connection. There was
no automated notification process in place to
let us know us about machine status without
interaction.
There is a camaraderie between operators
to provide feedback. Martin Thorden states,
“Part of our success is that we have not
forced the data on our operators or held them
accountable, they have adopted it willingly as
a tool for improvement”.
Having a trained empowered workforce makes
a difference. This trained workforce could be
the difference between a customer putting
their work here or elsewhere, stated Sergio
Moren.
Reporting and OEE
For GKN Aerospace, Overall Equipment
Effectiveness (OEE) is a metric to monitor
and improve the efficiency of manufacturing
processes. Measured is the percentage of
planned and productive production time. Three
crucial performance metrics:
Availability, Productivity, Quality.
OEE reports are usually only available to
managers as a record of what happened in
the past. GKN Aerospace can learn from the
past but they cannot change it. Now, they
can most definitely change the future by
utilizing FORCAM’s Shop Floor Management
Technology. Displaying OEE or related metrics
in real-time enables supervisors to proactively
set live targets and equips the production
team to immediately see the results of their
improvement efforts.
The reduction of waste by using the Shop Floor
Management Technology, Ewelina Maselek
describes as an example:
“Weusedtohaveplannedstopsinourmachining
process in several 5-10 minutes intervals.
GKN AEROSPACE
20% REDUCTION IN OPERATION TIME
“We see benefits
that show that we are
doing better against
our standard hours
which we can directly
relate to using the
FORCAM FORCE™
technology. We see
it in the bottom line.”
Sergio Moren, Director of Operations
GKN Aerospace Newington, CT
“Having a trained
empowered workforce
makes a difference.
This trained workforce
could be the difference
between a customer
putting their work here
or elsewhere.”
Martin Thorden, President
GKN Aerospace Newington, CT
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Page 4 of 4 © 2016 FORCAM
We are now able to condense intervals to only
a few, which allows us to increase production
without the operator present. The Visualization
feature of the machine states enables us to see
actual run times. By working with the machine
operators, we understood that interruption
times needed to be reduced. Through data
tracking, Ewelina Maselek, is able to notice
when a machine’s program is not properly
updated and running for instance on an old
rpm feed rate which does not reflect actual
state and leads to reduced production. It is
key to make sense of the data provided to take
meaningful action.
Sergio Moren details, “Once we had an issue
with reduced production because of a new
sharpener tool we used for one of our new
aluminium containment cases. We were able
to spot production time differences. Through
investigation with engineering we determined
that a dull tool would bring much more
productivity and less time for the machine to
manufacture. “We are devising improvement
solutions”.
Carbon Footprint
Sergio Moren, Director of Operations, is
currently looking at the reporting module
in the office client and doing a run analysis.
He is checking the power consumption and
evaluating ways to reduce GKN Aerospace’s
carbon footprint. In this facility, we noticed
our highest usage during the summer with all
the air conditioners running. Aluminum parts
are sensitive to temperature so a certain
temperature needs to be maintained. During
peak season we correlate with the power
company to help us predict usage to offset
compressors to not overload the system.
GKN has implemented a
collection of improvement
techniques based on the
idea that waste in all forms
should be eliminated from
the manufacturing process.
Continuous Improvement
“Continuous improvement is about ongoing
vigilance and multiple layers that address
machines, people, process and technology
enhancements”, states President Martin
Thorden. Focusing on reducing the time it
takes to change a production process from
manufacturing one part - to the next enables
smaller lot sizes, less inventory, and a faster
response to the marketplace, reducing SMED.
Sharing information with FORCAM empowers
and motivates employees by aligning their
efforts with the company. In summary GKN is
able to:
•	 show line status e.g. running, stopped
•	 give immediate attention to problems
during the manufacturing process
•	 provide simple and consistent
mechanisms for communication
•	 encourage immediate reaction to quality
down time and safety problems
•	 improve accountability and responsibility
•	 empower operators to take action
ERP Integration
In Phase 2, Ms. Maselek, conveyed that data
is gathered to get the FORCAM‘s Shop Floor
Management Technology to integrate with
GKN Aerospace’s ERP. This integration will
allow GKN Aerospace to be even more exact
and efficient.
Machine operator at GKN Aerospace
GKN AEROSPACE
20% REDUCTION IN OPERATION TIME
“Continuous
improvement is an
important strategy
allowing the
company‘s individuals
to work together
proactively to achieve
regular incremental
improvements in the
manufacturing process.”
Martin Thorden, President
GKN Aerospace Newington, CT
Headquarter Germany
FORCAM GmbH
An der Bleicherei 15
D-88214 Ravensburg
Office: +49 751 366 69 -0
USA
FORCAM Inc.
250 E. Fifth Street, 15th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Office: +1 513 878 -2780
UK
FORCAM Ltd
6.1 Verity Court
Pochin way, Middlewich
CW10 0GW Cheshire
Phone: +44 1606 833 837
www.forcam.com
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  • 1. Page 1 of 4 © 2016 FORCAM Engine Systems This succcess story illustrates how GKN Aerospace Newington has successfully been improving their manufacturing productivity using FORCAM’s Advanced Shop Floor Management Technology, FORCAM FORCETM . The following describes how GKN Aerospace management, stakeholders and operators are able to see production anywhere, anytime in real time. The company is now able to analyze machine data and understands current machine states. This allows for timly intervention and quality improvements. A world of demanding challenges. How does an industry leading company like GKN Aerospace improve their manufacturing productivity? GKN Aerospace, an aerospace operation of GKN plc based in the UK, is one of the world’s largest independent first tier aerospace suppliers, providing complex, high performance, high-value integrated metallic and composite assemblies for aero structures and engine products with a broad range of capabilities. GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, one of four divisions, accounted for 50% of sales in 2013. GKN Aerospace has close strategic partnerships with all the major OEMs and tier one suppliers – General Electric, Pratt & Whitney Rolls-Royce, Snecma and MTU. This Success Story features the Engine Systems division, a Low- Volume High-Mix/Value Environment of GKN Aerospace, based in Newington Connecticut, USA. Technology Investement GKN Aerospace has a reputation for investing in technological innovation, developing and applying new products that bring real and practical benefit to their customers, aircraft operators and passengers. GKN Aerospace’s capabilities have been, and continue to be, developed through constant investment and innovation. Their investment in the FORCAM‘s Advanced Shop Floor Management Technology allows GKN Aerospace to be lean and advances their capabilities to manufacture and assemble metallic engine casings and fixed structures in highest quality standards. Product Selection GKN Aerospace leads the market in the de- sign and production of fan containment and non-containment cases in titanium, aluminium, Nickel alloy and composites. Benefit for GKN Aerospace • 20% reduction in operation time • Direct labor efficiency increase • On time delivery • Increased machine utilization • Cost reduction • Improvements on standard hours and lead time GKN AEROSPACE 20% REDUCTION IN OPERATION TIME AT A GLANCE Name: GKN Aerospace Industry: Aerospace Location: Newington, CT Sergio Moren, Director of Operations and Martin Thorden, President GKN Aerospace Newington at GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Facility Deliver ResulTS IN PRODUCTIVITY.
  • 2. Page 2 of 4 © 2016 FORCAM FORCAM FORCE™ is an extremely flexible and powerful tool for improving manufacturing productivity, making it incredibly easy for GKN Aerospace to achieve unprecedented improve- ments in production. GKN Aerospace envisions new ways to keep customers happy and intends to further increase focus on their needs. Risks President, Martin Thorden, says “This technology is a very good tool for continuous improvement activities; we are actually able to see the effect of the change right away and we can now measure our performance on a daily basis - instantly”. “This gives us an overview of all of our equipment and how we are utilizing them”. When asked about the risk of acquiring the FORCAM FORCE™ system, Martin Thorden proclaimed: “Strategically, the biggest risk of NOT having this FORCAM FORCE™ Technology is that we would be out performed by our competitors”. Martin Thorden, President, GKN Aerospace Newington GKN Aerospace has had the FORCAM‘s technology in place for one year. Martin Thorden explains, “We took a moderate approach to what we should be able to achieve in this first year and I am convinced we have been able to achieve our objectives.” “Since this is a journey, we are in phase 1 while working towards hooking up to our ERP SAP in phase 2”. In their visual lean manufacturing environment, GKN Aerospace has the FORCAM FORCE™ Technologyprovidingavisualdisplaythatshows status information on the plant floor enabling their operators to signal line status based on color: green for normal operation, yellow when assistance is needed, and red when the line is down. This provides increased throughput efficiency, and real-time communication of plant floor status alongside information on Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE). It is fast and accurate. GKN Aerospace can instantly respond - react - and improve. With focus on continuous improvement, GKN Aerospace is able to see all production in a clear glimpse knowing in real time when lines require attention. Visibility Sergio Moren, Director of Operations, at GKN Aerospace Newington states, “The Technology helps me react as well”. I’ve been trying to instill my management team to keep track, while using the system as they learn. They review Gantt charts and reports to see when the machines status starts and stops. This helps us be more proactive as Martin mentioned”. “We see benefits that show that we are doing better against our standard hours, which we can directly relate to using the FORCAM FORCE™. We see it in the bottom line”. During the Pilot, the FORCAM FORCE™ technology has helped us get great results, Martin Thorden states. Sergio Moren agrees, “FORCAM is important because everyone knows what to do - we all now know what we have to do. FORCAM helped to quantify and justify our course of action to get to certain levels. “We have realized 20%reduction in operation time on the components we have focused our CI efforts on during the year.” Martin Thorden, President GKN Aerospace Newington, CT GKN AEROSPACE 20% REDUCTION IN OPERATION TIME Deliver ResulTS IN PRODUCTIVITY.
  • 3. Page 3 of 4 © 2016 FORCAM GKN Aerospace has daily production meetings tracking their parts. Engineers are responsible for these parts and need to talk about improvements via their Key Performance Indicators (KPI). KPIs are metrics that facilitate achieving GKN Aerospace’s critical goals. The best manufacturing KPIs are aligned with top-level strategic goals to identify and quantify waste. According to Sergio Moren some KPI’s are: ►► on time delivery ►► quality notification ►► toll cost ►► inventory Ewelina Maselek, the Sales and Configuration Engineer mentions KPI’s to reduce lead time from about 50 days to 34 days. GKN Aerospace can now run smaller batch-sizes because the flow of production is improved. In gathering the data, “The newer machines can handle more signals so we get more accurate data. As for the older machines, we have to rely on the operator to signal or tell us”. In the beginning; it was tougher to trouble shoot signals if the machine was not operating to its full capability. The question always was is it really running 100 percent? A very painful realization. For instance one machine, a dual ram mill turn with two controllers, was not working properly and we didn’t realize it until the operator told us that one had lost connection. There was no automated notification process in place to let us know us about machine status without interaction. There is a camaraderie between operators to provide feedback. Martin Thorden states, “Part of our success is that we have not forced the data on our operators or held them accountable, they have adopted it willingly as a tool for improvement”. Having a trained empowered workforce makes a difference. This trained workforce could be the difference between a customer putting their work here or elsewhere, stated Sergio Moren. Reporting and OEE For GKN Aerospace, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a metric to monitor and improve the efficiency of manufacturing processes. Measured is the percentage of planned and productive production time. Three crucial performance metrics: Availability, Productivity, Quality. OEE reports are usually only available to managers as a record of what happened in the past. GKN Aerospace can learn from the past but they cannot change it. Now, they can most definitely change the future by utilizing FORCAM’s Shop Floor Management Technology. Displaying OEE or related metrics in real-time enables supervisors to proactively set live targets and equips the production team to immediately see the results of their improvement efforts. The reduction of waste by using the Shop Floor Management Technology, Ewelina Maselek describes as an example: “Weusedtohaveplannedstopsinourmachining process in several 5-10 minutes intervals. GKN AEROSPACE 20% REDUCTION IN OPERATION TIME “We see benefits that show that we are doing better against our standard hours which we can directly relate to using the FORCAM FORCE™ technology. We see it in the bottom line.” Sergio Moren, Director of Operations GKN Aerospace Newington, CT “Having a trained empowered workforce makes a difference. This trained workforce could be the difference between a customer putting their work here or elsewhere.” Martin Thorden, President GKN Aerospace Newington, CT Deliver ResulTS IN PRODUCTIVITY.
  • 4. Page 4 of 4 © 2016 FORCAM We are now able to condense intervals to only a few, which allows us to increase production without the operator present. The Visualization feature of the machine states enables us to see actual run times. By working with the machine operators, we understood that interruption times needed to be reduced. Through data tracking, Ewelina Maselek, is able to notice when a machine’s program is not properly updated and running for instance on an old rpm feed rate which does not reflect actual state and leads to reduced production. It is key to make sense of the data provided to take meaningful action. Sergio Moren details, “Once we had an issue with reduced production because of a new sharpener tool we used for one of our new aluminium containment cases. We were able to spot production time differences. Through investigation with engineering we determined that a dull tool would bring much more productivity and less time for the machine to manufacture. “We are devising improvement solutions”. Carbon Footprint Sergio Moren, Director of Operations, is currently looking at the reporting module in the office client and doing a run analysis. He is checking the power consumption and evaluating ways to reduce GKN Aerospace’s carbon footprint. In this facility, we noticed our highest usage during the summer with all the air conditioners running. Aluminum parts are sensitive to temperature so a certain temperature needs to be maintained. During peak season we correlate with the power company to help us predict usage to offset compressors to not overload the system. GKN has implemented a collection of improvement techniques based on the idea that waste in all forms should be eliminated from the manufacturing process. Continuous Improvement “Continuous improvement is about ongoing vigilance and multiple layers that address machines, people, process and technology enhancements”, states President Martin Thorden. Focusing on reducing the time it takes to change a production process from manufacturing one part - to the next enables smaller lot sizes, less inventory, and a faster response to the marketplace, reducing SMED. Sharing information with FORCAM empowers and motivates employees by aligning their efforts with the company. In summary GKN is able to: • show line status e.g. running, stopped • give immediate attention to problems during the manufacturing process • provide simple and consistent mechanisms for communication • encourage immediate reaction to quality down time and safety problems • improve accountability and responsibility • empower operators to take action ERP Integration In Phase 2, Ms. Maselek, conveyed that data is gathered to get the FORCAM‘s Shop Floor Management Technology to integrate with GKN Aerospace’s ERP. This integration will allow GKN Aerospace to be even more exact and efficient. Machine operator at GKN Aerospace GKN AEROSPACE 20% REDUCTION IN OPERATION TIME “Continuous improvement is an important strategy allowing the company‘s individuals to work together proactively to achieve regular incremental improvements in the manufacturing process.” Martin Thorden, President GKN Aerospace Newington, CT Headquarter Germany FORCAM GmbH An der Bleicherei 15 D-88214 Ravensburg Office: +49 751 366 69 -0 USA FORCAM Inc. 250 E. Fifth Street, 15th Floor Cincinnati, OH 45202 Office: +1 513 878 -2780 UK FORCAM Ltd 6.1 Verity Court Pochin way, Middlewich CW10 0GW Cheshire Phone: +44 1606 833 837 www.forcam.com Deliver ResulTS IN PRODUCTIVITY.