Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems
About the visit
FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems Limited is a global leader in the manufacture of speciality printing inks, producing high performance products for screen, digital and flexo narrow web print which colour the images on thousands of products you see everyday.
World-class products for print, from retail displays, textiles and packaging to CDs and DVDs, Sericol inks are developed by an international research team for use in a diverse range of applications on many types of material.
A pioneer in the development of UV curing inks, Sericol has maintained its position as a UV technology leader for over 30 years. As digital technology has changed the demands of printers, FUJIFILM has rapidly responded to changes in the wide format digital ink market, with award-winning UV inkjet products and solvent-based inkjet inks for wide and super-wide format printers.
The combination of screen and digital technologies offers printers better profit opportunities than either one alone. Building on 50 years innovation in printing products, current major developments in screen printing products include new generations of UV curing inks to help the transition away from solvents in the print shop.
Established in Broadstairs, Kent in 1962, the factory currently employs 280 people, 188 of which are in operations. There is a unionised shop floor workforce. Around 6500 tonnes of printing consumables were manufactured in Broadstairs in 2011. The site is a small batch, speciality ink manufacturer producing 1320 formulations with over 2,500 SKUs.
Our Journey to World Class
The journey towards World Class really began in 2005 the quality system employed was essentially Home Grown. It fits the business and therefore was adopted and ownership achieved across the business. There have been many successes, and some failures, and we know that this journey is not complete - and never will be!
On the visit we will share with you the foundations of our quality system which include many elements of familiar lean and continuous improvement tools such as workplace organisation; IPICS; Great Communication; Right First Time; Visualisation; Constant Manufacturing conditions (SOPs)KPIs; NPI and Vendor Management strategies.
As a result of these activities right first time improved from around 40% to over 95%, with some lines regularly achieving 100%. We have seen a major reduction in lead times, moved from two shifts to one and reduced waste by £1.1milion.
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Lean ... WCM ... Quality Systems ... Visual Management ... Workplace Organisation ... IPICS ... SOPs ... Reducing Waste ... Project management ... People & Training