“Compete against perfection by identifying all waste and eliminating it”
Di-Spark Ltd constantly strive for improvement, efficiency and competitiveness. Manufacturing for the aerospace, defence, Formula 1, oil & gas and satellite industries, Di-Spark are at the sharp end of AS9100 precision aerospace machining in the UK, supplying a global customer base and managing a network of partners and high technology suppliers.
Precision Aerospace Machining Metrics – Measures for Improved Competitiveness
“You get what you measure” and “what gets measured, gets managed”
Constant improvement requires constant management, and Di-Spark review the following metrics as part of an ongoing improvement program.
Floor space utilisation – smooth work flow
Innovation & investment
Stock turns – inventory management
Employee training & development
Added value – waste elimination
Using these metrics to monitor and enhance precision aerospace machining performance gives Di-Spark information to act upon in order to:
enhance supply chain relations
create smooth information flows
drastically reduce waste
highlight improvement opportunities.
“Everything is linked to everything else”
A balanced approach to precision aerospace machining
Production cycle times
Overall equipment effectiveness
Total lead time
Sales per employee
Return on capital employed
Direct material as a % of sales
Direct labour as a % of sales
Economic value added
Scrap and rework
Cost of quality
No. of defects per unit
Supplier quality levels
Time lost due to accidents
% of workforce cross-trained
No. of certified skills per person
Order processing time
Response times (customer service, engineering, IT help desk etc)
Smart choices are important when you work for the kind of customers the Di-Spark Group work for. The machined precision components we make wind up in satellites, race cars, on oil and gas rigs, medical instruments, in aerospace, and component parts for defence subcontract machining. Success is in the details, and that is certainly true of The Di-Spark Group. An eye for detail has given our 24/7 UK based facility a sterling reputation on the world stage.
The Di-Spark Group supply precision mill-turn machining to the oil and gas industry, possibly one of the harshest, most researched & developed environments that components need to endure. With the application of innovative solutions to previously unsolved problems within the global Oil & Gas industry, The D-Spark Group keep pace with the relentless pace of development, and constantly reinvest in the latest mill turn machining technologies to keep ahead of the game.
Mill-Turn Machining for the Motorsport Industry
We provide precision machining services to the Lotus Formula 1 team, along with EDM machining partners, +GF+ Agie Charmilles. We machine mill turn motorsport components using the latest technologies, implementing world-class quality control and to a high level of customer satisfaction. Motorsport parts & components, especially formula 1 components need to survive a highly stressed, competitive arena. The Di-SPark Group rise to this challenge.
The Di-Spark Group strive for best practice throughout our operations. We supply AS9100(c) aerospace machining from our 20,000 ft facility, employing 40 people. We look to build mutually beneficial strategic partnerships with our customers, with the aim of delivering customer satisfaction. We use lean manufacturing techniques, we are certified to AS9100, and we are a signatory to the supply chain improvement program, SC21 and we constantly strive for business excellence.
Our customers, and the industries we supply ‘expect’ exceptional service, and rightly so. Precision aerospace machining cannot be compromised, corners cannot be cut and vital processes cannot be hurried, but our commitment to ISO9001, Investors in People, AS9100(c) and SC21 is a strong indicator that The Di-Spark Group are serious about quality management, constantly monitoring and reviewing operatings for lean production, lower setup times, reduced overheads and operational improvements.
The Di-Spark Group are constantly evolving & striving to remain at the cutting edge of precision machining for aerospace, defence, space and satellite. Within the parameters of an ever changing landscape there is a constant which never changes – the requirement for safety & world-class quality control. The Di-Spark group operate within industries where assumptions cannot be made and errors or imperfections cannot be considered as part of a tolerance. We have a duty to machine precision aerospace-quality components for use in all manner of hostile environments, often with human activity within close proximity.
The Di-Spark Group aspire to best practice in everything that we do and our quality management system is certified to AS9100(c) and ISO 9001 for precision aerospace machining. We are in Investor in People accredited organisation and we are signatory to the SC21 Supply Chain Improvement Initiative.
Precision Aerospace Machining
The Di-Spark Group manufacture precision components for the aerospace industry. We employ a strategy of business excellence to achieve this goal, with a highly certified quality control system overlooked by our Quality Control Manager, Ian Smith, who ensures that The Di-Spark Group as a whole conform to it’s internal processes in accordance with our ISO accreditation.