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Wakefield based manufacturer's £250,000 digital investment pays off

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 years ago

Wakefield based manufacturer's £250,000 digital investment pays off

Conservatory Outlet based in Wakefield, is one of the UK's leading fabricators of windows, doors, home extensions and conservatory products.

The company invested £250,000 in a digital transformation programme. A big part of the investment was creating a live tracking system in its factory. Everyone who works there now has access to real-time information on where a product is in the manufacturing process, which starts from an initial order, right through to dispatch.

Not only this, but thanks to the investment, they now have critical business information on improved order planning, material use and predictive maintenance on their machines, cutting downtime in the process.

Managing Director, Michael Giscombe said; "The whole team has worked tirelessly over the last six months to get production back to what we saw prior to Covid-19 with a stable supply chain and full control of the factory. This has basically translated into lead times being brought back into what customers would normally expect, despite volumes increasing by 20% since March 2019."

“There are so many fabricators out there worrying about the ‘next big thing’ that sometimes they forget the basics. It has been a tough challenge over the past two years, but we can confidently say we have quality and reliability nailed on for our customers and we are back to pre-pandemic levels of service, consistently."

Read more about how the investment has helped Conservatory Outlet here.