On Tuesday, Year 10 Systems & Control students had the opportunity to visit Landis+Gyr in Market Deeping as part of their Systems & Control GCSE Course
Report by Edward Digby (Year 10) and Mr S Brown, Director of Systems & Control and Computing
On Tuesday, Year 10 Systems & Control students had the opportunity to visit Landis+Gyr in Market Deeping as part of their Systems & Control GCSE Course. On arrival we were split into small groups before participating in a carousel of activities.
Students experienced a behind the lines tour of the shop floor, where engineers manufacture and rigorously test the ‘smart’ meters they build, and students followed a unit around the testing phase of a new meter on the automated lines. We visited various sections of the shop floor, including assembly, repairs, packaging and R&D.
Another of the activities was the opportunity to hand-build and test a meter, then to evaluate the process with a view to optimising it in line with L+G’s Kaizen approach to lean manufacture. Then we moved from the hardware to the software side of the meter, working with a computer scientist to create an encrypted network between a smart-meter and a home-hub, by programming a network controller.
The third session was a talk about continuous improvement and how making tiny changes to individual processes can have a bigger positive impact on the overall manufacturing process. Students played the penny game, which we all enjoyed enormously. This involves working as a team to optimise the process of flipping about twenty 1p coins as fast as possible. We found that by making simple improvements to the task we were able to reduce our time to complete the task by up to 75% - a powerful example of how a simple change can make a big difference. The engineer explained that this process is applied consistently within Landis+Gyr.
Once we had finished our sessions we headed back downstairs for a series of photos, and then once we had signed out, we were delighted to receive goodie bags. A big thank you to Landis+Gyr for laying on this event.