“It’s fair to say the business changes every hour of every day and we don’t just sit down at the end of the year and say we are going to do this and that. There’s always something different to be done.” he said.
Our strategy meetings were really useful for outlining what we were trying to do and we went through how we were going to achieve what we wanted to do with the process of automation, instead of doing it manually.
“The main purpose of the robot was to improve health and safety, to automate the process and make it more efficient so that we can put our people onto other jobs. So we haven’t actually made anyone redundant, we’ve actually taken more people on in the last couple of months because of the increased workload. We’ve got the biggest order book that we have ever had in the history of the company.”
“With robots you get a more consistent yield and that robot will be working from 6am until 5:30pm without any breaks. The other thing we found is that all the parts come out the same and there’s no variation, unlike what you would get with a human. So it’s changed the way we do things.” says Mark.
The ATI2 grant gives you that impetus to get on with it and because the process of applying is so fast it allows us to go out and purchase the bits more aggressively.
“Everyone that has been involved in the project we’ve got on really well with, whether that be Chris [ATI2 Business Innovation Advisor] or John [ATI2 Innovation Fund Manager]. It’s been a pleasure and not a chore. Even through Covid, we’ve just worked together to get the job done.” says Mark.
“I think ATI2 has more than met our expectations just because of the way they run themselves. It’s really different to the other grant providers and it’s an easy process for a dedicated piece of kit. It’s been brilliant.” he adds.
“The best thing to do is to stick at it, think out the box and go off in different directions and keep investing for now.” says Mark.