PP Case study Penloc

Wired for ventilator production

PP Control & Automation was one of the first companies to benefit from #UkmfgUnite and industry coming together to ensure production is completed in this country.

The strategic manufacturing outsourcing specialist was introduced to a member of VentilatorChallengeUK through a shared relationship with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG).

This was an immediate enquiry as the world leader in harnesses for the automotive and motorsport sector was supporting the consortium and needed to identify a supplier who could deliver 50,000 wiring looms over a six-week period.

“Our manufacturing facility is perfectly set-up to take on new projects quickly and we’d gone through all of the usual channels to register our support for the national effort to support ventilator production,” explained Sean Cayley, Chief Operations Officer at PP Control & Automation (PPC&A).

“We weren’t making any progress using this approach when a shared contact with WMG led to discussions. Detailed conversations followed around bill of materials, our capabilities and capacity to deliver sizeable volumes in such a short space of time.”

He continued: “This was all worked through and an agreement put in place to start manufacturing wiring looms for use in ventilators during the middle of April.”

PP C&A immediately set about creating a specialist production cell and developing a multi-skilled team that could cater for the various part numbers it had to make.

‘Flexing’ the labour was crucial in meeting the volumes, with up to 25 people and a dedicated supporting supply chain working across bank holidays and weekends to ensure initial volumes were met and that 50,000 looms would be delivered by the end of May.

Additional end of line testing was put in place to determine 100% connectivity when delivered to the consortium partners making the Penlon ventilators.

Sean concluded: “#UkmfgUnite has opened up doors that were continually closed through the official Government route and we’ve finally been able to deliver our expertise to support people on the Covid-19 frontline. “The relationship with our new customer is its infancy, but we have already proven that we can pick up a complex project and deliver it on time and to the required quality. I’m sure it’s a partnership that will grow in the future.”

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