In June 2017 PPS were given the opportunity to work on prototyping a commemorative Tommy figure to celebrate and honour all of the soldiers that had tragically lost their lives during the first world war. After several alterations to the design, In February 2018 the project rolled out and PPS were the sole supplier of the 150,000 units. Like all projects it is not only about producing quality product on time, but also adapting to situations and solving any potential problems before they become an issue. We are proud to say that after the first 10,000 trial order we produced 140,000 Tommy’s and are not aware of a single rejection, which is further endorsed by the facebook 5 star feedback on the “there but not there”site. Some of the alterations we made along the way include:-
new machinery was purchased and machines moved to give a seamless production line enabling us to peek at over 4000 Tommy’s per day.
due to material thickness issues on the Tommy (between 4.5mm and 5.6mm thick) adopting the easy stance of making the slot in the base 5.7mm would have meant that some items would have been sloppy and leaning ; we therefore created a feeler type gauge to match measure every Tommy and fit it to a base with the correct slot, creating a quality product and an appropriate tribute.
we also added a bottom chamfer to the base, at our cost, for we were worried that the point of the base was too sharp and someone may cut themselves.
In 2017 we were approached by a large food manufacturer, who produce a very expensive ham for high end retailers (Harrods, Fortnum and Mason etc). They needed us to create a food safe device for compressing and reshaping their hams, as due to the natural shape of the product when slicing they were wasting 20-30% of the meat.
We devised a tray divided into 9 cells, each one containing a ham. Each cell had a divider that was pushed forward by a pair of machine cap head bolts with an eccentric circle (pear drop shape) welded to it, meaning when the bolt was turned more pressure was applied. This allowed the ham to be reshaped without taking the lid off, and in turn avoided potential contamination.
There are many examples within the retail display, food manufacturing and engineering sectors where our thinking outside the box approach that has been beneficial to a lot of our customers. The main point is whether you take our advice or not we will always look to help customers and as we get a lot of pride in what we produce.