Continuous Maintenance Improvement

Greg Farrar

A brief pause in production did not halter our plans for continuous maintenance improvement of our facilities, with Facilities Manager – Greg Farrar – returning to work to manage various projects across our 7 sites. Following the installation of electric vehicle charging points at our head office in Wellingborough and the benefits this has delivered for our fleet and the environment, this is being rolled out elsewhere in the group.

Greg has been at our North West site in Cheshire this week to progress the extension of the EV network. Following the construction of a new office building at the site last year, we are now able to dismantle the temporary mobile offices on site to create more space in the yard. This is being filled as quickly as ever by our production team who are working hard following their furlough period.

In addition to the success of this renewable energy initiative, we are also making improvements to our biomass facilities at our Central site. Although our designers optimise to reduce wasted timber, there is inevitably still some excess produced in the manufacturing process. Our biomass system therefore transforms this wastage into renewable energy, which is then utilised to heat the shop floor and offices.

Due to the importance of this system, Greg has been working with external contractors to replace the biomass for up to date technology. This is a complex process which we will be looking forward to seeing the final results of in the coming months.

Furthermore, since we acquired the large site of National Hickman’s ETFS business in early 2019, there have been plans put in place to refurbish and better utilise the space at Wolverhampton. As well as extending the factory space, we have also now begun work on refurbishing the offices to better suit our needs.

Whilst many of our staff are working from home, the maintenance team have been optimising the workspace for different business functions.

All these enterprises contribute to RML’s ability to streamline processes and deliver for our valued customer base.

If you have a development project you’d like to talk to our timber frame team about, email or call us on 01933 279597.