Impressive growth means a new home for Mechatronic

Posted on 13 Jan 2012 by Tim Brown

Birmingham based Mechatronic Solutions, a provider of automation solutions and systems integration, has moved into new purpose-built premises.

The move to the Kings Norton Business Centre follows a stream of large contract wins for integration projects into the medical, automotive and industrial sectors, with this large influx of work Mechatronic were bursting at the seams in these three separate work areas.

In order to accommodate their expanding work load the move to transfer all of the operations from their Sheldon home of 23 years was essential.

Mechatronics Managing Director, Richard Evans said “This move came at a perfect time for the business, as we move forward we need more space for bigger projects and this layout will give us a more efficient way of working. Our clients are pleased too, as our new facilities will make the builds even easier and quicker, this is a well deserved move”.

With careful planning Mechatronic were able to make the move with no disruption to their work in progress and current contracts, whilst even adding better facilities such as a Concept Kaizen area to serve it’s growing customer base.

The Kaizen workshop is unique to Mechatronic where prototypes can be developed and machines modelled in soft materials to identify critical areas and provide an early day realisation of the concept design developed by Mechatronic engineers. Kaizen activities have always been a feature of Mechatronic and the new building will allow quicker build and more customer involvement.

To organise the details of the move Mechatronic enlisted the help of Project Manager Andrew Thomas, this avoided internal personnel being distracted from doing what they do best in designing and manufacturing machines and integrating equipment. Andrews organisational skills meant that the whole project was completed on-time and on-budget in just 6 weeks.

This included the complete transformation of a former warehouse into a bespoke integration centre with design and assembly facilities. To make it an efficient work place constructional changes had to be made to the building including access stairs to the works. A new mezzanine floor to provide a stores area as well as installation of new windows and doorways to connect the design office to the build area. In its original use the building had no services in the workshop so Mechatronic have installed compressed air, electrical distribution and heating throughout the building.

The new design office at Mechatronics Kings Norton facility allows for better communication between the dedicated project leaders, designers and the development engineers on the shop floor. With new networking between the 5 CAD stations, the server and terminals throughout the building all technical and financial information is readily available on demand.