Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA)
We are continually improving the infrastructure for the management of our vehicle fleet, plant, equipment, consumable and materials that aligns with Lean Construction Techniques at a business/regional level across Greater London and beyond.
The Consolidation Centre is used to provide plant, materials, warehouse and distribution facilities to our construction sites. The Centre’s unique solutions provide our operations with:
Reduced environmental impact – reduced vehicle journeys.
Improved productivity of delivery handling and loading/unloading.
Enhanced commercial arrangements – supply chain partners are able to provide a better service at lower cost.
Stronger health and safety performance – reduction of double handling of goods and materials, and consequential reduced risk on site.
Further pioneering techniques to improve our productivity, reducing by 25% the number of journeys per project and delivering 99% of our orders to the right place, in the right quantity and the right time, have been achieved because the Consolidation Centre adopts the following key principles:
Kanban Central Stores.
Web-enabled monitoring of assets, energy consumption and location.
The Consolidation Centre represents a considerable investment to support our projects. The Centre’s layout and supporting buildings have been reconfigured after detailed workflow analysis of our product usage.
The bulk storage areas retain our stock of scaffolding, falsework, shuttering, temporary works equipment, slip-form systems and concrete, placing equipment in a high security environment, and is used as an off-site preassembly area for our bespoke slip-form systems.
The main stores at the Consolidation Centre are designed and run based on the ‘Kanban’ process; a scheduling system for lean manufacturing and just-in-time manufacturing. This is supported with ‘milk-run’ deliveries of consumables and small equipment to the projects to minimise storage on site.
To support the infrastructure, Byrne Group has developed, with our supply chain partners and system providers, a web-enabled capability for monitoring of assets, their energy consumption and their location.
Masternaut allows for the tracking and monitoring of vehicles in our fleet. It covers vans, lorries, concrete pumps, forklifts and mobile cranes.
Our state-of-the-art plant and tool management system allows us to electronically tag each tool and piece of equipment. It was developed after rationalising our small tools catalogue against strict criteria, covering health & safety, user ergonomics, reliability, cost effectiveness, etc.
Byrne Group’s Consolidation Centre is also the home to our UK CARES approved in-house reinforcement prefabrication facility ‘MRM’.
MRM is the only facility in the UK which is certificated to fabricate our unique TA1-C Nuclear QC Grade and TA1-B Standard application mechanical reinforcement continuity couplers.
The facility provides cut, bent and coupled reinforcement to suit project demands, and, in line with the Consolidation Centre’s target of achieving sustainable transport solutions, MRM combines its deliveries with the Consolidation Centre to meet our projects’ just-in-time approach.