Established over 100 years ago, LPA Group Plc is one of the world’s leading electromechanical systems manufacturers specialising in the design and assembly of LED based lighting and electronic systems. LPA provides cost effective electromechanical solutions to improve reliability and reduce maintenance and life cycle costs for global rail, aerospace and defence, aircraft support, infrastructure, marine, and industrial markets.
With 200 staff across four UK locations, and exporting to nearly 50 countries, LPA is increasingly turning to new technology, including the adoption of innovative dashboard technology and scoreboards, to enhance its solutions.
Dave Morgan, IT Manager at LPA explains “Originally, information was held in separate spreadsheets, preventing comprehensive reporting and the development of KPIs. This data was migrated into a visual management format using a free dashboarding programme, but with this limited to just five users per dashboard, it was very restrictive. The additional problem of no real-time updates meant we had to manually refresh the data.”
Active Dashboards Solution
Scorecards are now used by all employees, regardless of management-level.
Dave went on to say, “It’s about visually showing what’s going on and empowering staff rather than leaving them to make their own assumptions. Dashboards eliminate the ‘background noise’ enabling people to understand the processes, measure how they are delivering these and how they can make improvements.”
Having a strong, measurable supply chain is vital to LPA’s success. Developing the dashboards and inputting the KPI measurements displayed to the organisation that LPA’s supply chain’s effectiveness was only at 36 percent.
“With the ability to look at specific stages in the job pipeline and prioritise workload, Active Dashboards help us to work smarter and improve performance. It’s all about changing people’s perceptions and encouraging them to be more active in the decision-making process.” Lee Wade, Operations Director
LPA installed Dynistics Active Dashboards in May 2016, and now use 15 scoreboards and 30 dashboards across the business.
“Previously, dashboards were only accessible to a select few. After deploying Dynistics Active Dashboards, a large proportion of the workforce moved towards a more data-driven way of thinking, with impressive results,” says Dave.
Lee says, “With the ability to look at specific stages in the job pipeline and prioritise workload, Active Dashboards help us to work smarter and improve performance.It’s all about changing people’s perceptions and encouraging them to be more active in the decision-making process.”
Now through the introduction of touchscreens in each work centre, they are able to show current orders and their compliance with manufacturing due dates, and the software enables staff to drill down to specific details to identify any issues. For a multi-location organisation like LPA, a further strength was the ability to draw information simultaneously from multiple sources. This has meant a cultural shift for the business as whole, and a positive one too.
With LPA accessing supply chain updates daily the business can get on top of problems before they escalate. Not only is this having a massive impact on the efficiency of LPA’s own supply chain, but it means that if LPA adjusts its order, its suppliers’ cash flow is improved too.