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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.
|Qualification||Unit number and title|
|Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical)||Unit 17 Business Improvement Techniques|
|Student name||Assessor name|
|Date issued||Completion date||Submitted on|
|Assignment title||Ass Business Improvement Techniques|
|AC||In this assessment you will have the opportunity to present evidence that shows you are able to:||Task no.|| |
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
|1.1||Gather information and create lead-time profiles||all|
|1.2||Produce a frequency diagram listing the major|
bottlenecks or constraints as identified by lead-time
|1.3||Use a cause and effect diagram to identify improvement|
opportunities and determine waste
|LO2||Be able to use techniques in|
set-up reduction and
prepare an improved
|2.1||Carry out a set-up reduction activity on a chosen|
machine, or process using the appropriate techniques
|2.2||Produce standard operating procedures for a new setup||all|
|LO3||Understand the benefits of|
|3.1||Evaluate a range of techniques used in TPM||all|
|3.2||Identify the countermeasures for chronic and sporadic|
loss and explain the scope of TPM
|LO4||Understand optimised Production technology (OPT).||4.1||Explain the importance of the principles of OPT to the|
aims of OPT
|4.2||Use throughput accounting to measure the performance|
of a factory or unit
|4.3||Make recommendations for improvements to meet the|
aims of OPT.
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|I certify that the work submitted for this assignment is my own and research sources are fully acknowledged.|
Student signature: Date:
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
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|
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)|
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|
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|
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|
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.|
|Unit number and title||Unit 17 Business Improvement Techniques|
|Qualification||Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Engineering|
|Assignment title||Business 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.
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.
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.
|Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Engineering|| |
Unit Number and title
|Unit 17 Business Improvement Techniques|| |
|Criteria Reference||To achieve the criteria the evidence must show that the student is able to:||Achieved?|
|1.1||Gathered appropriate information and used analysis techniques to Determine lead times|
|1.2||Determined bottle necks and constraints using frequency charts|
|1.3||Produced CEDAC diagram to determine the cause of one problem|
|2.1||Used appropriate Set-up analysis techniques with the focus on the infusion.|
|2.2||Suggest improvements to the process|
|3.1||Researched and evaluated the TPM methodology and come to professional conclusions that can be given to the board of directors|
|3.2||Identified the countermeasures for chronic and sporadic|
loss and explained the scope of TPM
|4.1||Explained the importance of the principles and aims of OPT|
|4.2||Used throughput accounting methods and measured the performance|
of the factory
|4.3||Provide recommendations for improvements to meet the aims of OPT|
Higher Grade achievements (where applicable)
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 checklist||Summary of evidence required by student||Evidence presented|
|Formative Feedback: Assessor to Student|
|Feedback: Student to Assessor |