Best Subcontractor Machining Award
“Ticks all the right boxes – investment in advanced manufacturing, workflow management, input to design and development, lean principles and quality management” – Judges of 2008 MWP awards.
Through continuous investment in the latest manufacturing and software technologies, the Kenard Engineering Group has grown to become one of the UK’s leading subcontract manufacturers. Established in 1964, the precision engineering company was recently announced the winner of the bi-annual Metal Working Production 2008 ‘Best Subcontractor – Machining’ award.
Operating from two manufacturing sites in the UK, Kenard is able to provide a complete manufacturing service, producing one off prototype components through to medium batch (200) off production requirements. The Tewkesbury facility predominantly machines aluminium at high speeds on horizontal, vertical and multi-pallet machining centres, most notably of which is a 72 pallet Fastems system that comprises of a line of five, four-axis Mitsubishi MH 500 horizontal machining centres, with 12,000rev/min spindles. The Dartford facility specialises in complex turned components usually manufactured from exotic materials to customer specific specifications. Components ranging from 75mm diameter up to 930mm diameter are manufactured on the latest machining technology (including a new Daewoo Puma 700L mill/turn centre).
The sales, production and quality departments work closely to carry out detailed evaluations of customers’ design and manufacturing requirements. Through direct liaison with the customer’s design department Kenard will undertake a full analysis of the component and assemblies in order to develop an optimised process solution for manufacturing the component. A full assessment of the service condition and life expectancy requirements ensures improved product quality and reliability, and a range of material and surface finish options are available to meet customer requirements. The overall benefit to the customer resides in the ‘one-stop’ shop approach to manufacturing that Kenard employs, offering a dedicated manufacturing design and problem solving service for existing or conceptual design issues and a co-ordinated technical and manufacturing support service. The primary goal is to ensure that all projects are managed efficiently and to a high standard.
The use of production planning, monitoring and performance analysis software within the organisation ensures that a knowledge driven production operation is achieved. The entire manufacturing process is optimised and job progress can be monitored through the use of integrated software packages, including the in-house developed K.I.D.S (ERP) system and the real-time Networked Manufacturing System (NMS) from Seiki Systems. NMS provides live production management information and visibility to maintain a controlled and flexible approach to the manufacturing process, including work-to-lists for individual resources, capacity planning and shopfloor data collection. The data collected is frequently reviewed and a comparison is made between estimated, planned and actual process time that combined with effective supply chain management ensures customers receive competitive and cost effective solutions.
*Kenard Engineering was also shortlisted in the Best Subcontractor – Supply Chain category