A sector characterized by an international oligopoly, where innovation and science play a crucial role. The provision of safe and effective products in the highly demanding context of the healthcare market is this industry’s main priority. This is achieved through robust and efficient production processes.
Given the increasing complexity of the packaging phase, the Lean Six Sigma improvement programmes and Asset Management Optimization and methodologies such as KANBAN, SMED and 5S are enablers to support the improvement of the internal logistic processes, to optimize OEE and maintain a very high level of organization and cleanliness in the production shopfloor.
A sector affected by many changes in the last 50 years, now facing a period of restructuring and reorganization on a global level. Nowadays, the focus has been to develop new markets, in a highly competitive and global industry that requires a Lean supply chain, just-in-time production planning processes, and a Six Sigma quality level.
The ISO TS 16949 standards or the VDA 6.3 process audit standards are used to ensure the robustness of the processes.
The metalwork industry supports all the activities of production of goods and services related to the working of metals. In this sector, resources, people, equipment and materials have to be secured and optimized in the operations chain in terms of their skills, OEEs and quality.
The metal construction industry is intrinsically linked to civil construction and also to today’s architecture, bringing together innovation, solidity and modernity, reflected in works of great importance.
This level of positioning is only possible through innovative development processes – RDI, with a strong project management component and Lean Six Sigma processes, supported by robust integrated management systems geared towards business intelligence.
The use of alternative energy sources is on the agenda. Renewable energies are the future of the planet and are inexhaustible energy reserves obtained from various natural sources, like the sun, the wind, the water or the earth itself. These new technologies require a significant and constant RDI component not only in the design phases, but also in the production and maintenance processes of the facilities. ISO 55000 certification takes on an important role in asset management (equipment and facilities).
Combination of industrial activities directly or indirectly linked to the production and marketing of foods in their final form or ingredients used in their preparation. This highly competitive sector is characterized by a major interest in RDI, through robust and optimized production processes, a Lean supply chain and high product safety.
Given the high complexity of the packaging phase, methodologies such as KANBAN, SMED and 5S enable support for internal logistic processes, to optimize OEE and maintain a very high level of organization and cleanliness at the production stations.
This sector includes all companies that produce industrial chemicals to be used in the creation of new substances.
The reliability and availability of equipment with optimized OEE is critical to the business. ISO 55000 certification is undoubtedly a requirement that will become mandatory for this industry in the medium term.
A sector in which product development takes on an important role, along with the packaging phase which is crucial given the diversity of existing shapes.
Optimising the packing lines in terms of availability and efficiency (OEE) levels, as well as optimizing cycle times (Lean Processes) and tool changes using the SMED tool together with 5S and Kaizen methodologies support is essential for managing this industry.
Activities linked to the production and marketing of plastic items, including those used in civil construction and diverse industries. Solving complex problems through the use of methodologies such as 8D, Taguchi or DOE, as well as implementing autonomous operator maintenance TPM programmes, optimising the OEE of injection equipment as well as optimizing mould changes –SMED, is commonplace in this sector where low profitability margins are constantly being optimized without ever compromising the high quality standards to which these products are subject, in terms of legal requirements. Portugal is one of the leading countries in this sector, supplying the highly demanding automotive industry.
Automobile Sales and Technical Assistance
All type of activities related to automobile sales and technical assistance, in particular mechanic shops and dealerships. The implementation of quality and environmental management systems, such as ISO 9000 and ISO 14000, are mandatory requirements in this sector and a critical success factor, given its close relationship with the final consumer.
Roads and Tolls Management
Activities related to the management of highways associated traffic payment systems as manual and electronic tolls require safety audits, facility maintenance optimization and innovation in RDI. Supply chain management for all components used in equipment industrialization and inspections, as well as impact assessments and road network safety management, among others, become particularly relevant. ISO 55000 certification - Asset Management - a key foundation to achieve a full integrated operational environment.
An industry that extracts and exploits petroleum products, typically linked to the production of fuels and other related products. A high-risk and highly complex industry, where infrastructure safety and reliability are essential. The ISO 55000 standard is already an essential requirement to minimise business risk. Environmental issues (ISO 14000) are also mandatory and support the processes.
Customised maritime vessel production industry. Shipyards also develop the activity of vessel repair and construction of offshore equipment. Production planning, a Lean supply chain, compliance with delivery deadlines through effective project management, 5S layout designs, innovative products – RDI and the development of multidisciplinary skills among human resources are essential for this industry to succeed in the domestic and international markets of this sector..
The airport management and maintenance sector is an activity that now employs millions of people and around which other truly small industries are developed. Major airports require optimized maintenance of their infrastructure; integrated computerized maintenance management systems; effective maintenance plans and a Lean organization, ensuring the maximum availability and reliability of equipment, ensuring profitability and the safety of goods and people. ISO 55000 certification is increasingly an essential requirement in this sector.
Following the strong legislative pressure in the tobacco industry, during the recent years, with constant and new restrictions applied worldwide, this sector has been investing heavily in research and development to create alternative products less harmful to the consumer health.
These new products led to the introduction of new technologies, which require a new framework within the worldwide regulations increasing the complexity of some the existent and sometimes new manufacturing processes. The application of methodologies, from the design, production and asset management phases, to ensure that, procedures, people, equipment and materials mitigate any risks to the consumers throughout the supply chain is a critical success factor to this business sector.