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Swift Metal Lean Manufacturing & 5S

Lean Manufacturing at Swift Metal

Lean Manufacturing is a system developed to educate people about process efficiency. A culture is instilled in the Swift Metal team, driving towards an overall growth strategy in flexibility, quality assurance, transparency, standardisation, empowering teams and encouraging continuous improvement. As a result, this improves our efficiency by reducing wasted effort and focusing on value adding activity.

5S at Swift Metal

Additionally 5S training is the driving force for any organisational change.  As well as providing a clean, organised and highly efficient working environment. The Swift Metal team is trained in this, hence helping to encourage continuous improvement.

The 5S Steps are:

1. Sort – elimination of unnecessary work items.

2. Set in Order – efficient & effective storage systems

3. Shine – cleaning requirements & systems

4. Standardize – establishment of best practice as a standard process

5. Sustain – strategy development to sustain best practice into routine


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The Journey of a Swift Component

All of Swift Metal Services components undergo a strict quality and accuracy procedure

Swift metal component manufacturing and design

Step one: The component design process. Client approaches Swift for advice as well as a cost analysis of a component.  The Swift design team then discusses the part with the customer. They consider the function of the final product, the expected life-span and finally, any environment aspects. Swift offers suggestions on the most effective material and finish for the job, raising options to improve the functionality and additionally increase the efficiency of the manufacturing process.  Lead-time discussion and an order is raised.

swift metal component manufacturing scheduling

Step two: Production scheduling.  First of all, we use a world-class ERP system to schedule & manage production. The customer is advised of an accurate ETA. It is confirmed that any necessary tooling is current and that all drawings are approved and updated to the latest revision. Material is purchased. The team discusses any critical dimensions or specialty features with the production team. These points are included in the work instructions and points added to the Quality Assessment checklist.

Swift Metal tooling component manufacturing tool making

Step three: Tooling and Jig design is completed and incoming material is checked and receipted.


swift metal pressing stamping component manufacturing


Step four: Simultaneously production commences including the manufacture of welding jigs if required. Initial components are approved by the Production Manager and if possible compared for fitment.


swift metal component manufacturing

Step five: Regular checking of production at all work stages. The office staff use our complex ERP Software to provide accurate up-to-the-minute job tracking. Ensuring full information at any stage in the Component process.

Swift metal component manufacturing quality control

Step six: Final check of components by two team members. The completion of a detailed quality checklist for every job and components are checked against samples and customer drawings. Package of parts for safe transit to the customer’s required delivery address. Where possible a freight tracking number is provided, as the final stage in Swift’s entire Concept to Component process.

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Swift Metal Services Quality Assurance

The team at Swift Metal Services believe a healthy local manufacturing industry is both possible and essential. Providing that the strictest standards of quality are adhered to. Because of this, we continue to invest in class-leading technology, ensuring we remain at the forefront of our industry. Our focus into the future remains on continually improving our processes and production speeds. As a result, our customers get the best possible solutions for their needs and are assured of receiving a high quality product.

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