Implementing a new maintenance strategy

Recent roof repairs at our Wales & West factory, Abercarn

As RML has grown as a company in both facilities and the number of people we employ, it has become more important than ever to implement an effective facilities maintenance system. Through doing this we aim to increase our overall efficiency in production, maintain health and safety procedures and improve the lifespan of our assets.

Although quick corrective maintenance work can solve issues when they arise, we are now more often carrying out preventative work with regular checks. This ensures less time constraints when repairs are required and enables the business to be able to focus on key objectives.

Whereas RML had previously called on a workforce from various specialist companies for maintenance, there was a need that arose for a permanent team to assist in all areas. This is where our maintenance employees Steve Gwynne and Carl Aston came in. Both being multi-skilled, they can provide us with immediate support rather than relying on external suppliers – which is both time and cost efficient.

Steve and Carl’s talents also stretch to carrying out non-mechanical work to our vehicle fleet, allowing lorries to reduce disruption when needing repairs. Their wide skill set means that they have been able to carry out many projects across the whole business, recently travelling between our Central and Wales & West locations.

To implement this new maintenance strategy into the business, our Head of Operations Andreya Ashwell has formalised a schedule for reporting and efficiently dealing with repair work. By providing an intermediary contact of our Project & Operations Co-ordinator Roxy, employees can report key repairs issues whilst Steve and Carl focus on their current tasks.

After recently supporting with a significant extension at our North West factory, the team have other exciting projects ahead at our various other locations. One of these being an extension in Flooring Midlands, Wolverhampton to continue improving both the production space and working environment for our staff.

Andreya is glad to see the progression in the newly formed maintenance schedule:

‘Having a dedicated maintenance team in place will allow us to effectively plan ahead for larger site works and schedule them in at the most convenient times, minimising disruption to the operation. By working on a strategy of preventive maintenance, regular and scheduled checks should ensure we can operate with less downtime to equipment.’