MAXIMUM PRECISION INVESTS IN MATSUURA H.PLUS-300
It is delivery day here at Maximum Precision and joining the ranks is the Matsuura H.PLUS-300 CNC horizontal machining centre.
With its 15-pallet configuration, high speeds and large tooling capacity, the H.PLUS-300 sets the bar high for reliable unmanned overnight running.
At MPL we are continually investing in our people and technology whilst always staying true to our core values and this latest investment marks an exciting phase of our continued growth. We are looking forward to sharing more about this machine amongst other announcements with you soon.
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A MAXIMUM PRECISION COVID-19 UPDATE
The global implications due to coronavirus have obviously been significant and has led to huge change within industry and commerce for everyone.
Throughout the pandemic, Maximum Precision Limited have undertaken several measures to ensure we can continue to provide a first-class service to its customers and maintain excellent relationships with customers and suppliers alike. As we continue to move towards the ‘new normal’, our commitment to this is no different.
Therefore, with the latest government announcement of a pending second lockdown we have reassessed our procedures and confirm we will safely remain fully functional thereby continuing manufacturing and applying our first-class service to customers.
Should you have any questions or concerns please lets us know.
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ISO9001 – Making excellence a habit
Quality Management is a key driver for any business wanting to ensure customer satisfaction and high quality with manufacturing. The ISO9001 standard provides a framework to companies that want to consistently meet and exceed customer requirements and is based on a number of quality management principles. These principles are extensive and range from a strong customer service focus to ensuring customers receive consistently high-quality products.
Providing excellence to our customers is something that Maximum Precision take extremely seriously and as part of our commitment to this vision all of our working practices are undertaken in line with ISO9001. Through our adherence to this stringent standard we are able to continuously demonstrate to our customers that we consistently work to and maintain the highest possible standards and prove our position as market leaders in our field.
On the 19th June, Maximum completed its annual ISO9001 external audit. Due to the standards in place this was, rightly so, a thorough process covering all aspects of quality management. We are extremely pleased to announce that following the review, Maximum passed with no non-conformances to the Standard. Given the current circumstances under which everyone is working and the challenges we are facing, we feel this is an excellent achievement.
We are proud of everyone at Maximum Precision who has adapted to the new changes and ultimately ensured we could still provide and excellent service to our customers in even the most testing of circumstances and feel this is testament to their hard working ethic and support for the team as a whole.
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OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
As the saying goes; out with the old, in with the new! There have been some exciting changes and new additions here at Maximum Precision that we are thrilled to share with you.
We have made the difficult decision to part with one of our older, trusted milling machines. When you have a piece of kit which has served the business so well it is almost personal when its useful life has expired. We knew that this was the right time for this change to be made. As part of the ongoing and continuous investments into MPL we are pleased to announce the arrival of not just one, not two, but three brand new machines to join our Maximum family!
The new additions to the workshop are a DNM 4500 and two new Lynx 2100. Delivered at 5:15am on Thursday morning! Take a look at the picture below to see them being delivered and installed. We are looking forward to putting these machines to work and filling orders!
If you have a project in the works, contact us today and find out about our availability!
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MAXIMUM PRECISION – WORKING FROM HOME
The Prime Minister has placed the U.K on lockdown to contain the spread of the Coronavirus; like many of you following the government guidelines Maximum Precision office colleagues are working from home. Working from home can be quite the adjustment, especially if you’re used to working in a busy office environment!
We’ve asked a few members of the Maximum Precision team to share their tips and tricks to staying focussed whilst working in a different environment, see what you think.
Ben – Production Manager
“From what I have experienced so far, retaining as much contact as possible is vital. I think it’s important to use video calls as much as possible and avoid the temptation to rely solely on e-mail for communication. In fact, call or video chat, at times, even when you would normally just email. Having group chat facilities set up on whatever medium you use for this is invaluable and it’s surprising how quickly you can adapt to holding meetings this way!
It’s more important to retain the human element during communications/meetings etc. Check in with people, ask them how they’re doing, keeping smiling and look for the positives!”
Lucy – Finance Manager
“Take a lunch break in the sun via the garden or your one trip out for exercise per day, get that Vitamin D and fresh air in! Keep to a social distance of 2 metres away from the cupboards and the fridge, snacking can make you feel sluggish!
Stick to the normal working day schedule so that you feel happy that you completed a full day and can fully step away from your homemade desk outside of these hours. Focus on leisure time outside of work hours, look after yourself physically and mentally. It’s also important to ensure you get enough sleep as you would in preparation for a normal working day.
Other tips include, keeping your working area clean and tidy, wear the dog out before you start the day and remember we are all working towards a common goal, to keep our businesses going during one of the most economically difficult times we have seen!”
Gary – Business Development Manager
“Always make sure you get dressed, staying in your pjs is very unmotivating, dress as though you are going into the office. Make sure your workstation is in a comfortable area with a lot of light, put all the things you need around you and remove the rest, keeping the area tidy is important.
Keep distractions to a minimum; radios, music, TV and any social media can make you unmotivated and less productive. Make sure to have a time set aside for lunch and step away from the computer for a while.”
What are your thoughts on our working from home tips and tricks? It certainly is a challenge working from home and staying motivated, but once you are in the swing of things you may even find you are more productive than ever before! These uncertain times are challenging for all of us, so it’s important we all work together with clear lines of communication and ride the wave together.
If you are working from home and have some tips to share with us, join the conversation on our social media pages.
We hope you stay safe.
The Maximum Precision Team.
A MESSAGE FROM MAXIMUM PRECISION – COVID-19
A message from Maximum Precision
During these uncertain times we want to update you with the steps that we are taking here at Maximum Precision to ensure that we do all we can to protect the well-being of all of our employees, colleagues and customers and to safeguard the wider community whilst ensuring continuity of service.
Our vision has always been to put people at the centre of everything we do and whilst information about the Coronavirus continues to unfold and changes daily, we will continue to comply with all government advice.
Office staff are now fully equipped to work remotely from home, effective immediately and you will see no change in the reaction time to your emails, queries and phone calls.
Employees who are unable to work from home are working to the stringent guidelines provided by the health authorities. Sanitising stations have been set up around the sites, all employees are aware and mindful of social distancing and being more aware of their surroundings.
Services are currently running as usual; machines are being operated and the warehouse is open to ensure product is delivered to our customers on time and deliveries to our sites can continue. Our engineers are taking every precaution to ensure work areas and equipment are sanitised throughout daily processes.
During this unprecedented time, we are postponing visits to the premises to avoid any non-essential contact.
The situation continues to change daily, and we will continue to monitor this whilst following the guidance and direction set out by the government. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure there is no interruption to our services.
Thank you to all of our employees, customers and suppliers for your continued support, we will keep you updated during this evolving situation.
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Managing for Daily Improvement
“The flawed notion that progress happens in leaps and bounds is an organisational curse. Real progress starts and ends with teams committed to taking one step at a time together.”
As a production team, we recognise that continuous improvement is, most often, not achieved through large scale projects but through a daily process of performance review and analysis.
We call this process Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI). It follows the lean principle of Define Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control.
This is what it entails for us;
Define: We set ourselves performance targets in each of the key areas of Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and People.
Measure: We collect performance data on a daily basis that tracks our progress against these KPIs.
Analyse: We apply the appropriate problem-solving methodology to ensure we’ve understood the root cause of any underperformance.
Improve: We implement the agreed improvement actions and define the new standard.
Control: We continue to measure performance at the new standard, to ensure the improvement action has been effective, if not, we go around the loop again.
This is a process which requires us to engage and cooperate on a daily basis, both as a leadership team and with the wider Production team, to ensure we’re collecting accurate data, validating root causes and implementing effective corrective actions. It’s a process that requires diligence, focus and the discipline to carry it out to the same standard every time. It’s a team effort and tends not to draw massive accolades for big step-change improvements but has measurably improved our performance in most areas over the last 12 months and continues to do so, one step at a time.
- 85.4% OTIF (on time in full delivery) up 5.4% from the year before.
- 14.63% reduction in customer NCR’s.
- OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) has improved by a total of 15 percentage points since 2018.
Article written by Ben Casey – Production Manager.read more
Maximum Welcomes Business Development Manager!
As we started the new year, we also welcomed the latest member of the Maximum Precision team. Gary Payne joins us as business development manager and his core focus will be developing relationships with new customers to support our next phase of growth. Exciting times are ahead for the business and we wish Gary every success in his new role.
Interested to know how working with a competitive and dependable supplier can benefit your business? Contact Gary today!
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Made in Central and East England Awards 2020
The Made in Central and East England Awards have officially announced the shortlisted candidates for this year’s awards ceremony. Maximum Precision has been shortlisted for the category ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ (below £25m turnover)! It is an amazing achievement to be placed among the best manufacturing companies within the region and to be recognised by the Insider Magazines judging panel.
2019 was a busy year for everyone here at Maximum Precision. We were inundated with orders and customer enquiries. In addition to this, we underwent an image review and complete rebrand to align with the everchanging vision and values. We unveiled our new website back in November 2019 resulting in extremely positive and favourable feedback from customers! The culmination of all of our achievements in 2019 followed by recognition of all our efforts has meant an amazing start to 2020.
We are in a category with five other fantastic manufacturers in the region, competition will be tough, so wish us luck! The awards are taking place Thursday 27th 2020, at the Jury’s Inn, Milton Keynes.
All winners from the Made in Central & East England Awards will automatically go through to the national final which takes place in June.
Here’s hoping we can secure a place in the finals.
Visit the Insider Media website to see all shortlisted businesses here
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Maximum does Advent Calendar Collection!
This year the Maximum team took part in a advent calendar collection to donate to the Ely Food Bank, just in time for the Christmas period!
Maximum have collected 24 advent calendars and we will be handing them over to the food bank this week.
A message from the local food bank.. “We are currently collecting Christmas treats to enable us to pack 250 Christmas hampers to help families through this time. We are also requesting long life milk, long life fruit juice and squash.”
If you would like to donate or perhaps would like to do an advent calendar collection of your own, please visit the website to find out how you can help! https://ely.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/
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Ely Standard Business Awards? We’re finalists!
Friday 20th September, Ely Cathedral hosted the Ely Standard Business Awards! A night dedicated to celebrating local businesses hard work and passion for their industries. All of us coming together to rejoice over another successful year.
We were lucky enough to be finalists for the Employer of the Year category. We were alongside some of the City’s finest businesses. Although it wasn’t a win for Maximum however, we were pleased to see Life Fitness UK take home the trophy. It was a lovely evening and a spectacular victory for Life Fitness UK!
We are proud to of been finalists and are looking forward to entering again next year!
Want to see more highlights from the Ely Standard Business Awards? https://www.elybusinessawards.co.uk/
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Newmarket Soapbox Derby 2019!
Newmarket, famously known for being the headquarters for all things horse racing. However, the Suffolk town now offers another race that doesn’t take place on the Rowley Mile or the July Course. The Newmarket Soapbox Derby!
This year three brave members of team Maximum Precision buckled up and entered the 700-meter, obstacle ridden, downhill descent at Warren Hill. Set over the beautiful August bank holiday weekend, the boys prepared themselves for carnage.
This year’s volunteers, Richard, Jay and Harry! The team worked tirelessly in the evenings and weekends and created a beast of a soap box!
Whilst we weren’t the fastest down the track, we did have a great day and the soapbox was a beauty! A big well done to the boys!
Well done, team Maximum!
More pictures of the soapbox derby are available on the website! https://newmarketsoapboxderby.org.uk/
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Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service Award
We have been recognised by the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue service as an on-call employer! An award was presented by Ian Smith and Simon Newton. They came down for an afternoon visit, thanking our very own Patrick Whitton for his service. Patrick is released from duties here to attend incidents when called by the rescue service, certainly doing his part for the community.
Support for the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue service runs deep within Maximum Precision. We have a current retained firefighter, a previous retained firefighter and an ex watch commander!
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Efficiency in the Heart of the UK
According to the Office of National Statistics, in 2017 the value of UK manufacturers’ product sales was £380.7 billion; a 4.1% increase on the 2016 final total of £365.7 billion. When it comes to choosing a supplier, not everyone can afford to buy from British suppliers due to the price of raw materials, labour and renting premises, which all tend to be more expensive here in the UK. Especially when compared with Asian countries, such as China.
China is known for being the biggest exporter of goods in the world enabling raw materials to be secured at the cheapest price due to the sheer volume of factory demand. This coupled with significantly cheaper labour costs contributes to keeping prices down.
The result of working with overseas suppliers? Whilst your supplier fees may be lower and your profits may have increased, the chain of communication is often broken, resulting in quality issues for you or your customer, as well as lead times being missed.
A customer was struggling with inconsistencies in product quality received from their overseas suppliers. The products received were not good enough to be sent to the production line for the build, resulting in a long backlog of customer orders.
Due to the unusable, sub-standard parts, the internal management team attempted to contact the overseas factory to discuss the issues they were having. Not only was it difficult to contact the supplier due to differing time-zones, but communication was extremely brief and dismissive due to a national holiday, meaning the communication wouldn’t happen for at least another week. Alongside minimal communication was the time in which it would take to send the parts backwards and forwards overseas to be re-worked, resulting in further delays and additional costs in terms of shipping.
These issues were happening far too often, money was being lost and customers were getting impatient with no news or updates on their orders. Tensions were getting high. They knew their only option would be to source these parts from here in the UK, whatever the cost.
Looking closer to home this customer decided it was no longer appropriate to spread the suppliers for its most important product parts across the world, especially core product parts which are consistently in high demand.
Having worked with this customer on multiple products before, Maximum Precision was invited to view their most high-demand parts and submit quotations accordingly.
Having presented our quotations, we were chosen to lead the charge on the UK manufacturing of parts. Our elite customer service and superior quality was a driving factor for the win of the business, making us the preferred supplier for this customer.
Whilst making changes in your supply chain can be disruptive, choosing the correct supplier makes all the difference to customers. Maximum Precision are now supplying over 20 Kanban parts to this customer, as well as spot orders every week.
Working in the same time zone as the supplier has made all the difference to this customer, we are on hand every day to take their questions should this be required and can maintain an on-going, productive communication channel.
A major outcome of switching to Maximum Precision as the UK supplier has seen the quality issues decrease tenfold. Any issues which may arise are dealt with quickly and efficiently, which is a great piece of mind for the customer.read more
Bringing manufacturing back to the UK
Outsourcing work to the Far East is commonplace in Britain today, due to cheaper than average machining costs. It’s a problem British Manufacturers have faced for quite some time, however quality and reliability can be quiet an issue.
A long-term customer of ours ran into some trouble when an injection moulded part was facing severe quality issues over in China. Leading to the impending halt of their production line and possible lengthy delays for their customers, they knew they had to act fast to put something in place to minimise customer impact.
The customer approached us for a quotation to have these parts machined rather than injection moulded, due to the issues they were currently facing on the other side of the globe. Maximum Precision produced a quotation for an initial 200 parts. Although costing slightly more, it was evident we had the capacity, capability and the skills required for such a part.
Our initial quotation was quickly accepted by our customer, who was thrilled at the thought the production line would be up and running shortly. An order of 200 was placed which was quickly followed by an order for another 2,000 and we have been supplying this part ever since.read more
High-end manufacturer rejoices with exacting standards
Being known as an industry leader is quite the accomplishment; it speaks volumes about the manufacturing process, quality control and overall product that’s provided to customers. Known for having a clear and dependable vision, leading companies take pride in the product they make and will stop at nothing to bring the best product to market.
A high-end manufacturer was experiencing quality issues with the suppliers they were using. The nature of their work means every detail, no matter how small, must be executed exactly with no exceptions or deviations. Compliance must be achieved to exact measurements with an extremely low tolerance level and treatment of all surfaces to exacting specification. They were finding it difficult to identify a British supplier who was able to meet these exacting standards and maintain supply within their tight tolerance requirements on a repeatable basis, as well as struggling with the overall quality of the parts being supplied.
After meeting with the customer for the first time, we understood exactly what they were striving to achieve; it wasn’t down to the pricing of the parts we would supply but related solely to the quality. Quality was the only driving factor for this business to turn elsewhere.
Starting with a sample batch, we were given the opportunity to show the customer the quality we were able to manufacture to. We were able to demonstrate that these parts can be made at high volumes to a superior standard, to maintain the tight tolerances which they had previously struggled to acquire from other suppliers, and to specification and finishing with the product always being immaculate. Establishing our quality was second to none, our machine capabilities and highly regarded engineers were able to validate that Maximum was the right supplier for the job.
Eighteen months later, this high-end manufacturer is one of our regular customers. They are thrilled with the quality and turnaround time we provide them with on a weekly basis. They are receiving a quality product, on time and to specification with no hassle. No longer are they fretting over what quality they may receive every week, they’re able to turn their attention elsewhere and focus on being an industry leader in a competitive market.read more
MAXIMUM PRECISION SHORTLISTED FOR MADE IN CENTRAL AND EAST ENGLAND AWARDS!
The Made In Central and East England Award nominations have come in and we are very pleased to announce that Maximum Precision has been shortlisted by Insider Media Limited. The category we’re up for is Manufacturer of the Year (below £25m turnover) and the whole business is thrilled to be nominated!
The Made In Central and East England Award is for companies, such as ours, who have demonstrated excellence and made an outstanding contribution to the manufacturing sector in the region. It’s a testament to the effort, dedication and hard work everyone at Maximum Precision puts in every day and for that we are ever thankful.
In 2018, we helped numerous companies with various projects all great success across the board. This not only helped our customers, but allowed our team to grow and develop their skills ready for an amazing 2019. We couldn’t be prouder of our team for having their work recognised by such a great award. Without them, we couldn’t achieve all that we do.
Other categories within the Made In Central and East England Award include Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Apprenticeship Training Scheme and Export Award to name a few. There are so many great businesses that have been nominated and we are very proud to be amongst some great names.
Winners from the regional awards will automatically become finalists in the national awards hosted in Liverpool! Keep your fingers crossed for us on February 7th 2019 as we make our way to Milton Keynes. Whether we win or come runner-up, just to be nominated gives us so much pride. Winning would be the cherry on-top of an already fantastic cake!read more
When Christmas Looms…Maximum Precision Saves the Day
Christmas break is something everyone in all industries looks forward too, a few days off relaxing with friends and family after another chaotic year. Those in manufacturing will be aware of the madness that ensues a few days, even weeks before the break is due. Last minute orders, suppliers closing earlier than everyone else and preparing for year-end. As well as closing down the previous year you’re planning for the New Year, which is ever fast approaching, it can be a hectic time for everyone!
A long-standing and loyal customer was rushed off their feet prior to closing for Christmas, staying late to fulfil commitments and attempting to complete tasks alike. A new order from one of their own biggest clients landed a few days before the planned shutdown. This order requested hundreds of large, finished parts to be delivered shortly after the New Year. Quite the request, knowing suppliers would be backlogged and behind with orders upon their return in the New Year. Knowing what this order was worth to them they were flustered at the thought of being unable to fulfil this order.
Not only were time constraints a major issue with this job, but the part itself was also very large and takes a considerable amount of time to manufacture. The part itself was of high-value and most importantly, a customer-facing part, with all surfaces needing a flawless finish. Knowing fulfilling this order would lead to a lot of repeat business, they had to find a solution in order to secure this potential partnership.
They approached Maximum Precision Limited, outlining the importance of quality and continuity throughout the batches and the lead times they were working to. Being aware that time was of the essence, a meeting was quickly arranged throughout the company to comb through the workshop schedule meticulously, checking through existing commitments on every job and reallocating work to different machines, whilst ensuring no other jobs were put at risk. It was imperative senior operators were available to run this job and could put the time needed into the parts. When it came to the finishing operation, an afternoon was spent negotiating terms with the preferred anodising supplier. After the work was successfully fitted into the post-New Year schedule, weekly drops were agreed with less than a week’s lead time.
These parts began machining the day the Christmas break ended. Like clockwork, the parts were shipped every week for finishing and returning a few days later, complete and in pristine condition. The production floor was running so efficiently, the customer received their delivery with a few days to spare. Over the coming weeks, the customer received another 4 deliveries, all of which were on time with no delays and of perfect quality.
The customer was so pleased with the parts produced and within the tricky time frame, their order coverage increased tenfold and Maximum Precision is now the sole supplier of these parts.read more
MAXIMUM PRECISION INVESTS IN NEW VF2SS
On December 3rd our warehouse doors opened for the arrival of our new Haas VF2SS Super Speed machine. This is our 4th VF2 joining the ranks of our ever-growing warehouse, we are pleased to announce it’s up and running and is already making its way through works orders!
Contact us to find out more about what this machine can mean for you.read more