Enhance Operational Excellence

ME360 is the NSG standard program to improve operations towards excellence. Key drivers (21) and results (11) have been chosen among a wider range to ensure utmost focus on the basics and on the priorities of NSG medium term plans.

ME360 is a powerful and effective tool to create awareness of the plant capabilities, in terms of people, machine and process and it provides a road-map to achieve excellence for each of the key drivers. Sites complete a regular self-assessment against the ME360 criteria and develop a Manufacturing Excellence Improvement Plan (MEIP) based on their needs.

NSG is pursuing digitalisation as a key part of our manufacturing improvement activities, through sharing best practice examples around the Group and collaborating with a range of organisations to find innovative solutions to existing challenges. A new ME360 section has been introduced to outline a site level Digital Transformation roadmap.

To support further digitalization of our operations the existing training package for key personnel is being enhanced with the addition of "data science" topics to ensure every site is well prepared to move forward on our digital transformation journey.

ME360 self-assessment tool for operational excellence

Example: Traceability in Automotive North America

NSG operates an inhouse Manufacturing Execution System, utilizing the internally developed “Cortex” and “Sequoia” systems to integrate short term field data collection and real-time visualization with long term data storage and analysis. This provides precise traceability linking process and product information to individual parts.

The traceability system generates a detailed electronic record for each individual part produced covering not only details of the manufacturing process within NSG but also information regarding supplier components.

Glass tracking is made possible by using a unique QR code marking.

The data gathered is consolidated in a dedicated server which then carries out an analysis and provide a GO/NO GO decision to support digitalization of the Pass Only Good Glass approach.

Example: Traceability system in Automotive North America

Unique Glass QR code linked to piece-by-piece traceability

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