Castle Bromwich’s maintenance team continue to lead the premium plant charge after their latest exploits led to a significant process time reduction as well as a cost saving to the plant.
The B Block maintenance team were faced with having to replace the control cabling for two of the four cranes that serve the automated retrieval system which automatically feeds the line with engine parts and gearboxes.
Normally this is a job for an external contractor but group leader Scott Holloway and his four-man team of Keith Elvidge, Lewis McCaslin, Kim Cooper and Hidayat Vasta did away with third party help and educated themselves on the system and how to repair it.
Colleagues in L Block Painted Body Stores shared their own learning with the team who also researched the repair process before carrying out the cable replacements themselves, reducing the turnaround time for repair by two weeks, saving nearly £7,000 by not having to bring another company in to do it as well as creating a process for anybody else who may need to change it next time.
Scott said: “We really enjoyed it to be honest. The biggest part was the safety element because the cables go more than five metres off the ground but once we sorted that it was a case of researching the repair, sourcing the parts we needed and getting on with it.
Maintenance manager Brian Winters said: “The lads showed a fantastic example of not just addressing an issue but laying down a foundation where it can be become normally practice in the business and not outsourced at extra cost or turnaround time.
“The guys really showed a hunger to stretch themselves and not only have they done a fantastic job but they’ve also laid a foundation down for others who wish to do the same.”