Accreditations and additions to AndelMember News
Andel Plastics has started the year with some great new additions to the company.
Due to the increase in toolmaking customers, Andel recruited two toolmakers at the end of 2016, however the increased demand for their precision and complex tooling is such that another toolmaker was required to meet the demands and allow further expansion. "last year saw the greatest number of injection mould tools being manufactured here in the lifetime of the business" said Helen Flowers Managing Director, "the start of 2017 looks to be no different, so we were lucky to be able recruit another experienced member to the team to ensure we can meet the requirements".
Another addition to the Andel Management team is Paul Smith, Technical Manager. With vast experience in the injection moulding process and customer liaison Paul has been able to integrate easily into the team, already implementing continuous improvement plans to help Andel with it's plans for further expansion. The first project was to increase production on a medical device for which a new eight impression tool had been completed, "with soaring orders for these parts we needed to maximise production for our customer" this was achieved with the addition of a robot which can pick and place components ready for inspection and packaging. A video of this process in action can be seen here. "We have to invest to keep up with our customer requirements" commented Graham Robinson on the installation of the new robot.
Last but not least Andel Plastics was audited by LQRA for the ISO13485:2003 Medical Device Quality accreditation and are delighted to announce that they have been recommended for accreditation. A Class 7 cleanroom was built with help from a Business Innovation grant and started production in January 2016. The accreditation is a key requirement for Healthcare and Medical customers and Andel intend to promote this to be able to further expand into the medical sector.
"We are really pleased we achieved the ISO13485 accreditation before the Southern Manufacturing Show down in Farnborough in March" said Helen, "we will be able to make sure that potential customers know we can offer the full quality service the industry demands"