Post Brexit, How do we maintain manufacturing efficiencies and quality controls?.
On the 1st of January 2021, the UK officially left the European Union, this comes four years after the initial decision was made. The full impact of this move is yet to be established however early signs, of stricter boarder controls and regulations in a post Brexit world, will have huge implications for lead times from manufacture to market.
On top of this change to trading, 2020 saw the world hit by a pandemic (CV-19), forcing many businesses to close and urging people to stay indoors for health reasons. This all but halting most manufacturing businesses, at least for a short time while we established a new way of safely working.
As the UK economy and manufacturing industry slowly navigates the rules around trading across Europe and recovers from this ‘downing of tools’, with many businesses being forced to reduce staff numbers and apply social distancing restrictions in order to provide safe working environments, It poses questions and concerns around how we ensure quality control measures are maintained, alongside production efficiencies with less or remote resource and lengthier trading documentation and restrictions.
The real challenge, facing manufacturers is maintaining efficiencies whilst also being agile, reviewing their systems and changing processes to ensure they are still compliant and satisfactory controls are in place.
Meet Vikram Hebbar – A Management Systems Consultant,
Providing in-app consultations in the It Started Here app today.
Vikram Hebbar is an Expert in Manufacturing & Quality Engineering, with proven project management and quality management skills. Vikram has worked with some of the world’s leading manufacturing organisations and now offers his practical, strategic and technical advice on a consultative freelance basis.
Vikram, tell us a bit about you!
“I have been a management systems’ professional for a decade now and have worked in multiple industries ranging from sheet metal processing to aerospace-grade forging and machining in three continents.
I hold a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Quality Management and Manufacturing Engineering – both of which require prolonged use of Project Management techniques, Process Approach, Risk-based Thinking and Change Control.
I have been lucky enough to be associated with premier organisations like Schneider Electric and Rolls-Royce which have given me opportunities to work with various organisations across the globe thanks to the immensity of their supply chains.
I like to consider myself a “jack-of-all” when it comes to the manufacturing industry because, in my career, I have been fortunate enough to work in all functions of a production organization – including the preparation and amendment of legal contracts.
What’s the most common question you get asked and what’s the answer?
The question I have been asked the most is: “A company is required to have a ‘Quality’ Management System; therefore, shouldn’t it be the responsibility of the Quality Function?”.
The answer I usually give is: “The term ‘Quality’ Management System is meant to stress the importance of ‘quality of work’ of a whole organisation in order to consistently provide products or services while also enhancing customer satisfaction. Therefore, it is probably better to refer to it as the ‘Business’ Management System which is the responsibility of the entire organisation.”
In the field of Manufacturing & Management systems, what one golden piece of advice would you have wanted someone to give you?
Evaluate the risks, always.
Everything you do has a level of risk involved simply because our world is flawed, imperfect. So, identify the risks of any activity you want to undertake and decide the significance of the effect of the risk. Plan and act to avoid, mitigate or remove the risk before starting on the task or activity. But its not all bad; sometimes, the effect of a risk may be a favourable outcome – an opportunity.
How has the current economic climate affected the way you work, have you been impacted by remote working, and do you think It Started Here could help?
Due to the lockdown brought about by the pandemic, I parted ways with my previous employer. I took the daunting step of being my own boss and became a freelance professional. I enjoy imparting my skills and experience to help others and gaining more knowledge and understanding in return from the interactions.
It Started Here, I believe, is just the ticket to let people and organisations learn of me and reach out to me with the intention of building fruitful partnerships.
What areas of advice can we expect from a 1-2-1 consultation in the It Started Here app?
I have extensively worked in the fields of Process Validation, Product Development, Quality Assurance, Vendor Management and Business Risk Evaluations. As a result, I would encourage potential business partners and clients to leverage my knowledge and skills in those topics.
Furthermore, I am a CQI/IRCA certified Lead Auditor for ISO9001 & AS9100. I have also directly planned, installed and managed 8 commodities or special processes through NADCAP (the National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Program is a global cooperative accreditation programme for the aviation, defence and space industry) accreditation – which is something few can boast about.
I encourage and enable business solutions that are holistic and address Leadership, People Engagement, Process Approach, Improvement, Objective Decisions and Relationship Management.