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Process Improvement & Quality Manager

Mark Snowden has been recruited into the company to help support the Management Team in understanding, developing and ultimately bringing about a ‘step-change’ in the needs of the business. Mark has worked in the manufacturing sector for over 30 years, with more than 15 years at middle and senior manager level. During this time Mark has acquired considerable knowledge and experience in modern manufacturing techniques.

When Mark was asked what his job was by members of the shop floor team he replied; ‘The main focus will be on ensuring the robust H.S.Q.E (Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental) systems here at Routec are consistently adhered to along with a real drive on delivering cost savings through effective profit improvement initiatives’.

Within the first six days of Mark’s employment he had observed a significant process improvement opportunity on the Stefani Single Edgebander. A simple change to the ergonomics and process flow led to a record production output on the 2-10 shift. The Door Manufacturing Cell previously produced a pallet of 30 doors every 60 minutes, now we can manufacture the same quantity in 40 minutes. This change has typically brought about a 33% increase in output.

Please keep visiting our website for more news on significant changes brought about by the dedicated production teams.