Portakabin Case

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Lean production at Portakabin
Introduction
Portakabin is an international company. It produces some of the most advanced building systems available. The company is part of the £700 million turnover Shepherd Group. The Shepherd Group is one of the largest family-owned companies in the European building industry and employs 3,500 people. It focuses on three main areas: • manufacturing • construction • property. The name Portakabin is a registered trade mark. This instantly recognisable sign means that no other company can use the Portakabin name on its products. Donald Shepherd, the founder of Portakabin, came up with the idea of stand-alone re-locatable buildings in the 1960s. Since that day, only buildings
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This case study focuses on how Portakabin uses lean production methods to ensure it produces a quality product that gives value to the customer.

What is lean production?
The aim of lean production is to reduce the quantity of resources used. Lean production should mean less use of labour, materials, space and time. Portakabin uses three main production methods.

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Production methods at Portakabin

1.Flow production www.thetimes100.co.uk The production of the modules flows through several stages in the factory. Value is added according to what the customer wants.

2.Cellular production
Cellular buildings are constructed from room sized modules which are put together in a way that meets customers’ needs.

3.Batch production
A batch consists of a run of the same or similar products, such as those for a hospital development. Batch production combines the advantages of producing a relatively large quantity while at the same time tailoring to meet customer needs.

GLOSSARY Quality management system: a system that is created to manage the delivery of quality products and services by an organisation. International Standards: International Standards Bodies create standards for the ways in which organisations are run and products and services provided. They also cover processes carried out. Environmental Management System: a set of rules and guidelines to help everyone understand how best to

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