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Preactor scales with Kenco Techniques
June 2015
Kenco Techniques Ltd is a provider of manufacturing and technical services to a wide variety of industry sectors. Established in 1972, Kenco Techniques has long been renowned for excellent quality goods coupled with efficient and effective delivery and service. With a huge bank of experience with Medical, Microsurgical and Aerospace Industries, Kenco is an incredibly busy company that provides high quality goods for their customers.

The need for precise and efficient scheduling systems is key to Kenco Techniques, so Kenco asked SFJ Systems to review and establish a new scheduling system in their Kensworth factory. This system was Preactor.  

KISS and Preactor
Kenco previously used an in house developed sales order processing system called “KISS”. The objective was to continue to use KISS, make adjustments to KISS and then connect it to Preactor, so that the KISS system could then feed the correct data to Preactor so that it could schedule orders.

After an initial design and specification meeting at SFJ Systems, one key requirement from Kenco was to make the communication from KISS easier and more effective in real time. Kenco wanted to enhance the communication specifically between the machine shop, order invoicing and despatch. 

An important issue for Kenco was keeping a quick turnaround time of components for the F1 industry, microsurgery implants and aerospace components.  SFJ took this into account when reviewing how to integrate Preactor with KISS.

Using Preactor
SFJ suggested using a P200 scheduling engine electronically linked to three Preactor Viewers with shop floor editing. This was so that Preactor could send back the response and status of each operation from the machine shop, and would ensure a real time update system that could cope with the short response time required.

Lew Orr - the Production Manager at Kenco – said system not only “speeded up the process” but also reduced paper work and eliminated the meeting times when communicating changes and requirement to the machine shop.

How Preactor was implemented into Kenco
The three viewing and editing systems were implemented in different departments on the shop floor and are electronically updated as soon as an order is released from KISS.  The machine shop operative simply views the work-to-list in priority order and when the operation is complete simply checks a box against the operation in the work-to-list. This is then automatically communicated back to the Master Preactor Schedule then KISS is updated.

The Benefits
  • Lew Orr now has time to manage the day to day business in the factory.
  • The ability to process priority jobs immediately
  • Reduction of paperwork for the shop floor
  • Improve customer service levels
  • Attract new business because of increased efficiency
  • Vsibility of the outstanding production and reactivity to order promising delivery dates