Manufacturing in the modern world

Manufacturing in the modern world

Manufacturing has changed. Computers and automation make factories cleaner, safer, and more efficient than they used to be, and guarantee consistent high quality. That’s good news for the planet, for employees, and most of all for the customer.

Perkins is leading the way in this new world of safe, sustainable, automated and computerised manufacturing.

A safe, environmentally responsible manufacturing facility is also an efficient and profitable facility. Today, regular monitoring ensures the highest standards for the health and safety for our employees, the environmental sustainability of our manufacturing processes and the quality of our products. Every engine that leaves our facilities benefits from the same high standards of quality and care. Perkins is accredited to internationally recognised standards of performance.

Consistent quality

Modern processes, built around automation and computerised controls, mean that we not only produce engines to the highest quality – we produce every engine to the highest quality.

Each decade saw new and improved manufacturing processes

‘No fault forward’ is the watchword in our manufacturing facilities. Sophisticated computerised checks at each stage of the production process mean that an engine cannot move on to the next stage until every component has been fitted correctly, with each nut tightened to the precise specification.

Where necessary, individual processes are carried out in safe areas where the air is filtered and its quality monitored to ensure that no contaminants get into sensitive parts of the engine.

There are no exceptions, every engine that leaves our factory is an engine that we can be proud of.

A safety culture

All our facilities observe a strict safety culture, with the aim of eliminating all workplace incidents and health risks. Any incident or potential incident is investigated thoroughly to see what lessons can be learned and avoid any repetition.

People are our greatest asset. No job is worth doing if it can’t be done safely.

All emissions inside and outside our factories are carefully monitored and controlled – part of a sustainability policy that benefits not just our own employees, but also the people who live near our facilities and the planet as well

Our machines are modern and sophisticated and ensure the highest standards of safety

Engines under construction and heavy pieces of equipment still have to be moved around the factory – but by careful planning of the production process, we keep such movement to a minimum. And when heavy lifting can’t be avoided, modern lifting equipment and robots are used so that employees are not put at risk.

For a modern company, there is no distinction between safety, environmental responsibility and efficiency. They’re all part of providing the best possible service to the customer
Richard Porter, health, safety, fire and security manager

Caring for the environment

We achieve consistently high standards of sustainability and environmental responsibility across all our facilities, whether by applying energy-saving technology to control our use of heat, light and water, or by managing our manufacturing and production processes to reduce our reliance on long-distance transportation.

Transportation is costly and uses energy, but it’s a big part of any global manufacturer’s operation. We do our best to keep it to a minimum. Our policy of serving local markets by manufacturing around the world helps to reduce the length of the journeys our products need to make. And outsourcing our transportation requirements means that energy is used more efficiently – trucks that carry Perkins engines in one direction can return filled with a different cargo.

Safe, sustainable and efficient

There are many good reasons for running a modern operation that is safe, sustainable, and driven by the need for consistent quality. Increased efficiency makes good business sense and increases profitability.

But it’s also good for our employees, good for the environment, and good for our customers.


Fast facts

The changes to modern manufacturing:

  • Safety
  • Sustainability
  • Efficiency

Change in manufacturing technology

How technology has changed manufacturing

Modern technology has revolutionized manufacturing. In controlling and monitoring energy use, in making our processes safer and more efficient, and in enabling us to develop new and efficient ways of working.

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Perkins heritage

Where we started

More than 85 years ago, we were the first company to recognise the potential of diesel, and ever since then we have maintained our position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of off-highway diesel and gas engines.

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