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Production Techniques of Whitby Morrison

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The Production Techniques of Whitby Morrison Ltd On Tuesday 13th August 2002, I visited Whitby Morrison Ltd. This firm specialise in manufacturing ice cream vans that are specific to the customer's demands. This firm is a sole trader and a private company. This small family company based in Crewe have been around for 50 years and they also export their vans to customers outside the U.K. The visit consisted of a guide around the site, observing the many stages that an ice cream van goes through. They only have two warehouses, where they produce the vans, this houses up to 40 employees divided into many departments. The first place I was taken to was the main warehouse, where most of the production occurs. The work that is done is creating the body of the van, cutting metal for the vans, engineering of the actual ice cream machines, and installation of the ice cream machines. The second warehouse is new to the company; they only have a few vans in this section. Most of the work that is done is cleaning up the body or shell of the van. ...read more.

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There isn't much capacity in both warehouses to stock parts. The way that they use JIT is by processing the order, and then ordering the required parts, this will normally take up to a few weeks depending on the part. Customer's normally start ordering their vans around January and expect it to be ready for May. This can be a difficult job, as they need time for the parts to be delivered. Whitby Morrison use ICT to help them with their business. It is mainly used to purchase parts, administration, stock check, mostly the financial side to keep everything on computer rather than files in cabinets. This increases office space. They also use ICT for designing logos, signs, and decorations to go onto the van. They don't use CAM (computer aided manufacture) as most of the work is done by hand. The stages of the process are as follows: . First they take the orders from the customer. Each order will have many factors. The delivery time of each part is taken into consideration. For example the windows need 5 weeks for it to be in stock. ...read more.

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I think overall that this business is very good, because by creating each part simultaneously it will reduce waiting times, therefore time won't be wasted, and the extra time will be used to create other parts for other customers. If you to visit the factory, you wouldn't think that it was organised, as there are random parts everywhere, but if you were working there, you would have a different opinion because the parts that are lying around could be lying around for a reason. The reason could be that those parts are to be fixed in a certain order. There isn't much to say about job production. It is relatively slow because you are adjusting you skills to the required specifications. Every project is different unlike a production line, where it never changes. You do one job. But with job production you are using every skill to produce one part, but each time that one part is different. In the end I think their production process is still very successful, time is the only disadvantage, but at the finish the customer will receive an ice cream van that fits to their needs. Jeffrey Ng Business Report MR. Gilford 01/05/07 1 ...read more.

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