The ambition of Whiteley Brooks Engineering was to introduce an electronic data system on its shop floor.
Their accountant made them aware of the Made Smarter project and after getting in touch, Paul Sullivan, Digital Transformation Specialist at Made Smarter for Coventry and Warwickshire, visited the business in Herald Way, Binley.
Paul arranged for Shailen Tailor and Steve Higham from Made Smarter’s strategic partners, the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, to meet Jat to have a tour of their premises and find out more detailed information.
Jat said: “This is the busiest period we have ever had as a company particularly since we do a lot of work in motorsport and the F1 season has just started.
“We are finding that more of our customers are sourcing parts from the UK because of Brexit and paying more in customs duties which can lead to its own problems in sourcing materials.
“The main point for us in going down the digital route was to increase the digital memory of our machine tools and also reduce set-up times.
“The end goal is to put us in a more competitive place and we knew we could only do that by improving our digital technology.
“Paul was really enthusiastic from the start. Once it was confirmed we fitted the criteria for the programme, we showed them our digital plans to increase our capacity and it pretty much aligned with the digital roadmap which was produced by the MTC.”
Shailen Tailor, of the MTC, said: “The Whiteley Brooks visit was fantastic. The business was in full flow, and the premises were impressive; including the clean, tidy, and well organised shop floor, it was clear that quality was number one for this business. And there was lots of opportunity to help aid in their growth and to keep up with their impressive order book via digitalisation.
“Spending time with Jat Purewal at the premises and running through the current areas of focus really helped us at the MTC to diagnose where the next steps should be taken and to build upon the areas of change which were already being considered.”
The MTC team took the information from the site visit and discussions with Jat and worked on formulating a digital roadmap for Whiteley Brooks. The roadmap was then fed back and used to help Jat and his team focus on the next set of steps for digitalisation to release the potential for their growth as well as future steps over a number of month and years to progress on this digital route.
Steve Higham, of the MTC, added: “The team at Whiteley Brooks is really enthusiastic, driven and fully aware of the benefits of digitalisation, it was great to work together and help with their progress via the Made Smarter programme.”