Producing quality products takes time and collaboration
So many times the people who work in the background are forgotten. We thought we'd spend a bit of time with Steve from Production and learn what goes on behind the scenes in the fabrication area.
"I have learned so much over my time here and I'm proud to know that what I'm doing is making a difference."
1. What is your role at Sayfa?
My role is essential in the day to day running of Sayfa - I'm what you might call the middle cog in the wheel. Once receiving the job from our customer service department, I have to organise what's required to keep things moving forward. Processing a request to the design team for a CAD drawing, creating BOMs (bill of materials) and generating component sheets with scheduled completion dates are some of the key factors that are required. There is a lot of interaction with our sales and design teams as well as with the customer, and it is imperative that all areas are kept up to date throughout the various stages of the production process. We are also constantly trying to reduce manufacture times where possible to enable us to cater for those urgent unplanned jobs that may come in. Our Lean Manufacture Culture drives us to constantly look for efficient ways to reduce waste and increase output to improve our customers' experiences.
2. On average, how many fabrications would you and your team carry out over the course of a week?
We have been completing on average between 80 to 100 on a weekly basis. However in the last few weeks this average has risen to over 126 per week.
"I still remember those first days at Sayfa and the way we used to lay out ladder extrusion on the ground, mark each one individually and hand drill every hole ... how times have changed!"
3. What can our customers do to ensure that the whole fabrication process (from design, order, fabrication, delivery) runs smoothly?
The most important factor would be to ensure that all measurements are accurate and that the relevant and correct information and documentation is supplied at the time of the start of the job. This will ensure there are no re-works or re-designs required of the drawings which will hold up production significantly.
4. What do you most enjoy about your job?
The satisfaction of seeing the finished product which I helped create. On a personal level, I enjoy the journey that I have been on here at Sayfa. I have learned so much over my time here and I'm proud to know that what I'm doing is making a difference."
"The satisfaction of seeing the finished product that I have helped create... "
5. You have been part of the Sayfa team for a long time. Have there been any significant changes in the way we do fabrications since you started?
I have been with Sayfa for ten years plus and I have found the way we do things now is massively different to the way we constructed things in the early days. When I started, there was just Ken, Barry and myself on the floor. I still remember those first days at Sayfa and the way we used to lay ladder extrusion on the ground, mark out each one individually and hand drill every hole. Ken had to weld each ladder by hand. I still have a copy of the old production booklets that we used where we would write what angles and lengths were needed. We now have multiple drill presses, robots, machines and have a much larger crew. How times have changed!
6. If you were trapped on a desert island, what three things would you have to have and why?
If I was on a desert island I would have to have my family, my health ... and an endless supply of Jack Daniels!
My family, because I would miss them too much and my health because I would want to enjoy the time, rather than being sick. As for the Jack Daniels, that one's just for pleasure! As I wouldn't know when I'd be found (could be one day or could be twenty), I'd try to make it like a family holiday, swimming, catching a bite to eat, building sandcastles, telling stories to the kids at bedtime and then finishing off the day having a few drinks with my wife while watching the sunset over the water.