SIEMENS MAGNET TECHNOLOGY is the worlds leading designer and manufacturer of superconducting magnetic resonance imaging magnets for medical applications. The companys aim is to deliver quality products to customers.
Around 95% of the magnets produced at Eynsham are exported and the business has several Queens Awards for export success.More than 30% of the MRI scanners installed in hospitals worldwide have at their heart a superconducting magnet manufactured by Siemens Magnet Technology.
Lean Manufacturing – our journey
Some years ago, Siemens Magnet Technology introduced some significant changes to the manufacturing operation at Eynsham. But that was just the start, and in 2006 they embarked on another ambitious programme to improve the processes and workflows, moving towards a single piece flow and pull systems.
Visitors will discover how the introduction of 5S and Kanban has improved the workflow and been implemented in stages; how the employees have become involved and now take responsibility for various aspects of the new ways of working; and how health and safety practices have been improved and become proactive rather than simple statistical recording. Productivity has improved enormously, and throughout the continuous improvement process good communication, strong leadership and quality of product have been vital to success.
Supply Chain Management
From around 200 individual suppliers, Siemens Magnet Technology now use about twenty. They will share with visitors how they have negotiated with their suppliers to reduce cost and stock levels and introduced other improvements.