Draper Engineering Case Study
Draper Engineering Ltd makes a range of drive shafts and track rods for the automotive and transport industry. The company has invested heavily in modern
manufacturing technology in order to remain competitive. Current customers include four of the major European car manufacturers and two large American truck
manufacturers. A large proportion of this technology is still not working today.
The workforce at Draper’s is very loyal. Many of the technical and middle management personnel have worked for the company for over 20 years respectively. However,
in the last 5 years staff turnover in the production area has been high. Many incentives have been tried to reverse this trend, but all have failed. For management
and staff technical grades, staff turnover is low, but the recent appointment of a new operations director has resulted in one or two notable departures. Eighteen
months ago the in-house logistics operations were outsourced to Hardy Logistics Ltd a large international logistics company with numerous international contracts.
Hardy’s performance to date has been rather indifferent with numerous late deliveries and a significant amount of damaged stock being delivered to customers. In
recent months there has been some improvement in the quality of this service, especially with regards to late deliveries.
Draper’s have a large engineering department headed by the Director of Engineering who is responsible for over 150 employees. The company works a three shift system
and has up to 12 maintenance personnel on any one shift. The functions of the engineering department are broken down into the following:
• Routine maintenance
• Project engineering
• Development engineering
• Site services
A few years ago the site services was outsourced to Bang IT and Bend IT a building company and since then Draper’s have been beset with problems. It is a frequent
occurrence for jobs to be started and then finished about 6 months later. This often has serious impact on production and recently scaffolding was put up in the press
shop and no work has taken place so far.
The shift maintenance personnel report to the shift manager who in return reports to the production manager, despite the fact that their immediate line manager is the
Engineering Maintenance Manger who frequently leaves them work to do on shift. This often causes friction between various members of staff as there is a varying level
of skills among the shift engineers and shift electricians with some being competent time served tradesman and others not.
The project and developmental engineering work frequently lacks co-ordination and planning. Many projects are not adequately thought through and it is often the case
that new equipment arrives for installation and no one knows what it is for. Where work is planned, it is often the case that the relevant section manager has not
been informed about it.
Planned maintenance is almost non-existent and most maintenance is done on the basis of “If it isn’t broken then don’t try and fix it.” A recent company shutdown for
maintenance was an absolute disaster, with large amounts of maintenance not completed on time, and in some cases, machines were stripped down to only find that the
replacement parts had not been ordered.
1. Perform a SWOT analysis on Draper Engineering using the case study provided. Explain in detail how Draper can improve five of the issues identified from the
2. Analyse how Draper’s could re-organise the maintenance department to improve efficiency.
3. Discuss how Draper’s should deal with Bang IT and Bend IT in order to improve the performance of this contractor.
You report should be laid out as follows:
PLACE THIS ORDER OR A SIMILAR ORDER WITH US TODAY AND GET AN AMAZING DISCOUNT ?
Our Service Charter
Excellent Quality / 100% Plagiarism-FreeWe employ a number of measures to ensure top quality essays. The papers go through a system of quality control prior to delivery. We run plagiarism checks on each paper to ensure that they will be 100% plagiarism-free. So, only clean copies hit customers’ emails. We also never resell the papers completed by our writers. So, once it is checked using a plagiarism checker, the paper will be unique. Speaking of the academic writing standards, we will stick to the assignment brief given by the customer and assign the perfect writer. By saying “the perfect writer” we mean the one having an academic degree in the customer’s study field and positive feedback from other customers.
Free RevisionsWe keep the quality bar of all papers high. But in case you need some extra brilliance to the paper, here’s what to do. First of all, you can choose a top writer. It means that we will assign an expert with a degree in your subject. And secondly, you can rely on our editing services. Our editors will revise your papers, checking whether or not they comply with high standards of academic writing. In addition, editing entails adjusting content if it’s off the topic, adding more sources, refining the language style, and making sure the referencing style is followed.
Confidentiality / 100% No DisclosureWe make sure that clients’ personal data remains confidential and is not exploited for any purposes beyond those related to our services. We only ask you to provide us with the information that is required to produce the paper according to your writing needs. Please note that the payment info is protected as well. Feel free to refer to the support team for more information about our payment methods. The fact that you used our service is kept secret due to the advanced security standards. So, you can be sure that no one will find out that you got a paper from our writing service.
Money Back GuaranteeIf the writer doesn’t address all the questions on your assignment brief or the delivered paper appears to be off the topic, you can ask for a refund. Or, if it is applicable, you can opt in for free revision within 14-30 days, depending on your paper’s length. The revision or refund request should be sent within 14 days after delivery. The customer gets 100% money-back in case they haven't downloaded the paper. All approved refunds will be returned to the customer’s credit card or Bonus Balance in a form of store credit. Take a note that we will send an extra compensation if the customers goes with a store credit.
24/7 Customer SupportWe have a support team working 24/7 ready to give your issue concerning the order their immediate attention. If you have any questions about the ordering process, communication with the writer, payment options, feel free to join live chat. Be sure to get a fast response. They can also give you the exact price quote, taking into account the timing, desired academic level of the paper, and the number of pages.