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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-00912

AcronymTOPIC

Proposal titleTEAM AND OPERATIVE PERFORMANCE INFORMATION CAPTURE FOR

FOOTWEAR

AbstractShoemaking in the EU is still a labour intensive industry, relying on the individual skills of

production personnel.  Individual operators can develop highlevels of skill for specialised

operations but often their productivity is not reflected in the efficiency of the overall

operation, because of dissimilar levelsof skill from other operators.  It is an immensely

difficult task to balance the production to maximise these individual skills.  Typically an

SME can lose between8-15% of its output from this kind of inefficiency, and with the high

cost oflabour in most EU countries, inefficiency of this magnitude seriously erodes the

ability of manufactures to compete with cheaper, imported products.  This projectwill

develop a work recording system to monitor individual operator's productivityand relate

these to a group or team activity.  The system will display informationto allow the user to

modify working methods, rebalance workflow and identifytraining opportunities.

Key ActionGROW-1.   Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date20/09/2000End date20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorMR DEAN CLARKECompany sizeS4

WILLIAM GREEN & SON LTD

QUEEN STREET

NN10  0AB - RUSHDEN, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

United Kingdom

Phone: 441933358734

Fax: 441933410106

SME Proposer(s)

TSAGALIDIS ANASTASIOSGreeceS3

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas19 - Tanning and dressing of leather; manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery, harness and

footwear

CommentsIN VARIOUS SECTORS OF MANUFACTURE

Last update18/6/2001

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