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18th January 2019
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Utopia invests in manufacturing excellence
Bathroom furniture sector specialist, Utopia Bathrooms, has demonstrated its commitment to UK manufacturing by investing in a new board storage and delivery system including a throughfeed router at its Wolverhampton headquarters.
Representing capital investment of over £500,000, the new machinery has increased productivity and facilitated better capacity planning.
In brief, on receipt of an order, the new machinery selects the appropriate board from the board storage using overhead vacuum pods and delivers it to two beam saws and a throughfeed router. The vast board storage area of 600sq.m can hold approximately 5,040 boards of different thicknesses and colourways - enough to produce approximately 15,000 cabinets, allowing Utopia to deal with its colour offering more efficiently.
The main benefits to Utopia are better planning and organisation at the start of the production process which reduces downtime and overall provides increased productivity. Kirk McMaster, operations manager, explains: "The new system became fully operational earlier this year and we have noticed immediate benefits in terms of stock throughput whilst maintaining quality control and ultimately providing a much improved working environment."
Dave Conn, joint managing director, (pictured) adds: "It is more important than ever to invest in the latest technology to ensure Utopia remains ahead of the game. Reaping the benefits from this latest investment will consolidate our position at the forefront of the industry and enables us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence in British manufacturing yet again."
Top image: Dave Conn, joint managing director at Utopia Bathrooms, inspects the new machinery
Centre: The new board storage and delivery system at Utopia Bathrooms
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