Walk the process: A thorough on-site investigation was carried out by HSSMI who surveyed the current process from beginning to end, combined with key stakeholder interviews. This allowed HSSMI to understand the process, the steps taken by Instant Spaces to get to the current state, the overall business objectives and to document in detail the activities which are part of the build process.
Future state assessment: A visit to the planned future site, expected to house the operation post upscaling, allowed HSSMI to assess the location and understand the possibilities for the process in the new site.
Process sequence for future state: Further to visiting the future site, and based on HSSMI’s manufacturing knowledge, an optimised sequence for the panel build process was suggested including calculations for workforce, throughput and timing.
Digital 3D layout: Supporting the future state process, HSSMI provided a digital 3D layout placing current assets within a virtual mock up of the future site. This was presented using Virtual Reality, allowing Instant Spaces to visualise the relocation of their panel build operation.
Process map and recommendations: Based on all of the above steps and using HSSMI’s expertise in mass manufacturing best practices, a completion report was delivered including detailed documentation of the current state process to support continuous improvement and a comprehensive set of recommendations. The report was mindful of the reality of Instant Spaces being an SME and therefore made suggestions on how to implement the recommendations in incremental stages for both the current and future state.