Promoting Business Excellence at Siemens Mechanical Drives

  • Graduate engineers will play key role in future UK manufacturing

Siemens Mechanical Drives (MD) in Leeds is benefiting from the fresh ideas of young graduate engineers, who will play a major role in the way future engineering and manufacturing is carried out in the UK.

Engineering graduates studying with the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at Cambridge University recently spent a fortnight at the Leeds factory of Siemens Mechanical Drives. Working in two teams, they looked at capacity planning and service elements and were able to suggest improvements that will have a significant and positive impact on the business. The visit is the second year Siemens has worked with the IfM and forms part of Siemens’ continuous improvement programme.

Matt Byrom, process transformation manager in Siemens’ Business Excellence team, arranged the visits, and commented: “There are some very bright students with innovative ideas coming into the industry, and they will certainly help transform it in the future. We are delighted to welcome them into our engineering culture, to give them a chance to see real engineering and manufacturing in operation and to help improve it. It has great benefits for all parties.”

The students’ presentations to Siemens at the end of their time at Leeds counted towards their final degree grades of Masters in Engineering at Cambridge University.

More information on Siemens drive train products is available at www.siemens.co.uk/drives or tel: 0113 385 2500.

PHOTO-CAPTION 1: Ed West, Helen Hoogewerf-McComb, Helen Dean and James Evans from Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing, during their visit to Siemens Mechanical Drives

PHOTO-CAPTION 2: The Siemens Mechanical Drives factory at Leeds seeks continuous improvement 

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Siemens was established in the United Kingdom 170 years ago and now employs around 13,520 people in the UK. Last year’s revenues were £3.2 billion*. As a leading global engineering and technology services company, Siemens provides innovative solutions to help tackle the world’s major challenges, across the key sectors of energy, industry, infrastructure & cities and healthcare. Siemens has offices and factories throughout the UK, with its headquarters in Frimley, Surrey. The company’s global headquarters is in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.siemens.co.uk

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The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the Sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency, and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Divisions Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services as well as the Business Unit Metals Technologies. For more information, visit http://www.siemens.com/industry

Siemens Industry UK is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the Sector enhances its customers’ productivity, efficiency, and flexibility. Part of Siemens UK’s workforce of over 13,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Divisions Industry Automation, Drive Technologies, Metal Technologies and Industry Services. For more information, visit www.industry.siemens.co.uk

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