THE PROBLEM of maintaining efficiency in an expanding industrial organisation is a constant management problem. A new extension may have to be provided to house a new machine or new production methods and this may mean the installation of different machines or a rearrangement of existing equipment. However it is not all that often that a company has to look at itself critically and to make a decision that the complete structure of the organisation requires changing. Just over a year ago Tecalemit (Engineering) Ltd. at Plymouth decided to do just this on a product orientated basis. The main objectives of the reorganisation were to shorten lines of communication from top management to the shop floor, to build up specialist teams who were fully conversant with their own product range and generally to improve efficiency both internally and in service to the customer. The reorganisation involved considerable movement of machines and personnel within the Plymouth factory, all of which took place during December 1966 and January 1967. That this was effective with no hinderance to Sales and Service must be due to sound organisation together with excellent management/staff relations.
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