We help you to improve the way that your products are manufactured, whether in-house
or via contract manufacturers, to reduce cost and improve quality.
We work with your staff and your supply chain to reduce risk and cost, improve efficiency,
shorten time to market, improve quality, and increase customer satisfaction.
We can review with you, and refine, your manufacturing and supply chain strategy.
This can include balancing in-house versus sub-contract activities appropriate to
your product mix, volume and cost, and helping you reduce risk.
We have a great deal of experience in selecting contract manufacturers and suppliers
in the UK, mainland Europe and the Far East, and in helping clients to work with
them. Through our Associates we can also provide expert contractual and legal advice.
In-house manufacturing facilities
We also have considerable experience in designing and setting up in-house product
assembly/manufacturing, test, repair and logistics centres. These can be particularly
cost-effective for high value, high mix, low volume manufacturing.
We have developed business cases, found and negotiated property leases, designed
factory layouts and managed their fit-out; we have also done all the staff recruitment
and put management processes in place.
See the ICAM 2007box (on the left) and case studies (on the right), and talk to
us to find out if this approach could save money and shorten the lead times for your
New Product Introduction (NPI)
This is the process of taking development – a new design ‘on paper’ – through to
production in several planned stages from prototypes through to volume manufacture.
Many companies that develop new products are relatively inexperienced at putting
them into production or want to be more effective. Problems of low quality, inefficiency,
or delays are common.
We can ensure that you go through the necessary New Product Introduction processes
and provide the information and support that the manufacturer needs. We also make
sure the manufacturer delivers a high quality service in return, and that you are
able to control cost and risk.
We can also help you improve – and make more agile and efficient – the whole New
Product Development process, from concept through design, development, and NPI to
Design for Manufacture
We can help you to reduce manufacturing cost early in the development cycle (low
cost should be designed in, as it is more difficult to take cost out after the design
has been finished).
We usually do this by undertaking Design For Manufacture (DFM) and Design For Test
reviews at key stages of product design and development, from the concept stage through
to the point at which the product is ready for production.
We can help you to set up simple and effective manufacturing management processes
and arrange your operations to minimise the management time and reduce the cost of
supporting manufacture in China or other low-cost economies.
We also help to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your supply chain management,
supplier quality assurance, and material management.
Primilis Director Tom Gaskell presented a paper at the 2007 International Conference
on Agile Manufacturing which described how high mix, low volume manufacturers can
use in-house assembly plus contract manufacturing to reduce costs and lead times.