Unit 17 Business Improvement Techniques

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QualificationUnit number and title
Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical)Unit 17 Business Improvement Techniques
Student nameAssessor name
  
Date issuedCompletion dateSubmitted on
02/10/201419/02/2015 
  
Assignment titleAss     Business Improvement Techniques
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LO 

Learning outcome

(LO)
ACIn this assessment you will have the opportunity to present evidence that shows you are able to:Task no. 

Evidence

(Page no)
LO1 

Be able to apply the

principles of lead-time analysis by creating a leadtime profile, frequency

diagram and by using a cause and effect diagram
1.1Gather information and create lead-time profiles

 
all 
1.2Produce a frequency diagram listing the major

bottlenecks or constraints as identified by lead-time

profiles

 
all 
1.3Use a cause and effect diagram to identify improvement

opportunities and determine waste
all 
LO2Be able to use techniques in

set-up reduction and

prepare an improved

standard operating

procedure
2.1Carry out a set-up reduction activity on a chosen

machine, or process using the appropriate techniques
all 
2.2Produce standard operating procedures for a new setupall 
LO3Understand the benefits of

total productive

maintenance (TPM)

techniques
3.1Evaluate a range of techniques used in TPM

 
all 
3.2Identify the countermeasures for chronic and sporadic

loss and explain the scope of TPM
all 
LO4Understand optimised Production technology (OPT).

 
4.1Explain the importance of the principles of OPT to the

aims of OPT

 
all 
4.2Use throughput accounting to measure the performance

of a factory or unit

 
all 
4.3Make recommendations for improvements to meet the

aims of OPT.
all 

 

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In addition to the above PASS criteria, this assignment gives you the opportunity to submit evidence in order to achieve the following MERIT and DISTINCTION grades
 

Grade Descriptor
 

Indicative characteristic/s
 

Contextualisation
M1

 

Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions.

 
Effective judgements have been made.

An effective approach to study and research has been applied.
Showing advanced levels of evaluation of the TPM method (3.1 and 3.2), clearly indicating where the research has been undertaken
M2

 

Select/design and apply appropriate methods/techniques.
Complex information/data has been synthesised and processed.

Appropriate learning methods/techniques have been applied.
Showing advanced levels of understanding and clearly laying out task (4.2)
M3

 

Present and communicate appropriate findings.
The appropriate structure and approach has been used.

The communication is appropriate for unfamiliar audiences and appropriate media have been used.
Ensuring your report is written in a professional and clearly laid out manner that would be appropriate to give as a guidance document to the board of directors
D1

 

Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions.
Conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified.

The validity of results has been evaluated using defined criteria.

 
Making clear recommendations for the use of OPT(4.3) using examples from different organisations
D2

 

Take responsibility for managing and organising activities.
Autonomy/independence has been demonstrated

Activities have been managed

 
Clear independent thinking process have been demonstrated and task has been completed in a timely manner
D3

 

Demonstrate convergent, lateral and creative thinking.
Ideas have been generated and decisions taken

Self-evaluation has taken place

problems have been solved

Effective thinking has taken place in unfamiliar contexts.
You will evaluate your report in terms of further reading and advancement for the board of directors.

 
Please note that for unit assignments Assessors should use these or other exemplar indicative characteristics for the individual grade descriptors from Annexe C of the HN specification or any other relevant indicative characteristics for the particular assignment. The indicative characteristic should then be contextualised. Only one indicative characteristic per grade descriptor, M1, M2, M3, D1, D2, and D3 is required.



 

















Assignment brief
Unit number and titleUnit 17 Business Improvement Techniques
QualificationPearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Engineering
Start date03/10/2014
Deadline/hand-in 19/02/2015
Assessor 
 
Assignment titleBusiness Improvement Techniques
Purpose of this assignment

 

The economy of today’s world is driving companies to be proactive in reducing cost and increasing efficiency and quality in order to compete.  The most competitive companies utilise a range of business improvement techniques to optimise processes and therefore reduce cost. This means efficient use of all workforce, equipment and suppliers.
Scenario

 

Renewable energy is an ever growing and therefore increasingly competitive market. You have been asked to run a project for a company called WindPower Ltd. Your role is to identify business processes improvements across the entire production lifespan of the turbine blade.

 

The company needs you to help them to identify improvements in key areas:

 

Lead time – Materials are either arriving too early or too late leading to a glut of stored material or the line having to be stopped as key parts have not arrived.  They need to determine where the constraints are and understand the causes.

 

Set-Up reduction – The infusion process seems to be taking a lot of manpower and time. They need to determine what the issues are and have an alternative procedure for a new setup identified.

 

Maintenance – The maintenance across the facility is sporadic and therefore many operations are interrupted by regular breakdowns, this is also leading to the quality of the product to be unreliable. The company desire to enhance the volume of the production, employee morale and job satisfaction.

 

Optimised Production Technology – The board of directors would like to have a greater understanding of this approach to manufacturing.

 

 

The website below contains information on the manufacture of a turbine blade, your knowledge of manufacture is not being assessed in this assignment.

 

http://www.gurit.com/files/documents/4_blade_processes.pdf
Task

 

Your role is to prepare a professional report for the board of directors, demonstrating that you have evaluated a number of tools and methods in helping to find solutions to the issues identified in the scenario above.

 

You will show that you have gathered appropriate information and used analysis techniques to determine lead times, bottle necks, including a CEDAC diagram.

 

You will research and understand the infusion process and using set-up analysis techniques, suggest ways in which efficiencies can be made.

 

You will research and evaluate the TPM methodology and come to professional conclusions that can be given to the board of directors. You will also identify the countermeasures for chronic and sporadic

loss and explain the scope of TPM

 

You will research and provide an explanation of the importance of the principles of OPT and the aims of OPT using professional formatting that can be used to educate the board of directors, including recommendations for improvements to meet the aims of OPT. Using throughput accounting, measure the performance of the factory. You may be creative with the manufacturing numbers.

 

 

Extension task – You will evaluate your report in terms of further reading and advancement for the board of directors.

 

 



 

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Qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Engineering 

Assessor name
 

 
 

Unit Number and title
Unit 17 Business Improvement Techniques 

Student name
 
 

 

 
Criteria ReferenceTo achieve the criteria the evidence must show that the student is able to:Achieved?

(tick)
LO 1
1.1Gathered appropriate information and used analysis techniques to Determine lead times 
1.2Determined bottle necks and constraints using frequency charts 
1.3Produced CEDAC diagram to determine the cause of one problem 
LO 2
2.1Used appropriate Set-up analysis techniques with the focus on the infusion. 
2.2Suggest improvements to the process 
LO 3
3.1Researched and evaluated the TPM methodology and come to professional conclusions that can be given to the board of directors 
3.2Identified the countermeasures for chronic and sporadic

loss and explained the scope of TPM
 
LO 4
4.1Explained the importance of the principles and aims of OPT 
4.2Used throughput accounting methods and measured the performance

of the factory
 
4.3Provide recommendations for improvements to meet the aims of OPT 
 

 

 
 

Higher Grade achievements (where applicable)

 
 

Grade descriptor

 
 

Achieved?

(tick)
 

Grade descriptor
 

Achieved?

(tick)
 

M1: Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions

 
  

D1: Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions
 
 

M2: Select / design and apply appropriate methods / techniques

 
 D2: Take responsibility for managing and organising activities 
 

M3: Present and communicate appropriate findings

 
 D3: Demonstrate convergent/lateral/creative thinking 

 

 






Evidence checklistSummary of evidence required by studentEvidence presented
Task
  • A report written in a professional and formal style, including a contents page indicating the different report chapters and sections.

  • A bibliography with references must be supplied using the Harvard System of referencing.

  • An electronic copy of your work uploaded to boodle using the correct uplink and uploaded before or by the specified hand in date.

 

 

 



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