Benefits: 30% productivity improvement, more reliable/manageable downtime performance (operating consistently to the required ‘drum-beat’) simplified planning and cost estimating system.
Railcare had a contract to overhaul and refresh midlife passenger rolling stock to return it to an acceptable condition. Three 4 car trains from a fleet of 96 units were in work at a time which put the Train Operating Company under stress due to the lack of available spares to cover problems in service and routine maintenance and repairs. Pearson international were engaged to review the refurbishment activity. The approach taken was intensive, very hands on and comprehensive, involving all aspects of the operation and elements of the unionised workforce. The result was a revised process that was embraced by the factory and which delivered a substantial reduction in time-on-works shortening the overall programme by several months. The end user was delighted and a new and much more controllable standard process was established which allowed Railcare to optimise the use of their facility.”