RP HISTORY – THE LAST 10 YEARS

The last decade has seen significant changes here at Rutland Plastics.  The most outwardly visible is the redevelopment of our site. The first phase was the building of new offices and employee facilities along the front of the existing factory.  Work started on this mid 2007.

FACILITIES

Once everyone had moved into this new, modern facility demolition of the old offices, etc could begin in June 2008.  This was to make way for a new production bay to accommodate large moulding machines.  This was completed in February 2009.  At this point, with the recession in full swing, the final phase was put on ice until the time was right.

Rutland Plastics old offices

From this…

rutland-plastics-outside-office

…to this

Leaping forward to 2015 and work commenced on a new 30,000 square feet warehouse.  Following its completion at the end of that year, plans were put in place to move the toolroom to the old warehouse, along with the maintenance department. This would not only mean an enlarged toolroom making it possible to manufacture more mould tools in-house, but also free up space in the production area. This additional space will permit a more efficient layout and provide room for additional moulding machines in the future.

SERVICES

Another major development was the introduction of an in-house prototyping service using a Stratasys Objet Connex 350 3D printer in 2011.  Not only was this used internally and for existing customers, but was also made available as a bureau service.  It is also used to manufacture assembly and QC jigs on a similar basis.  A dedicated prototyping website was launched in April 2012 to support this service.

Our design department also benefitted from the addition of Visiflow software in 2011 enabling the simulation of the injection moulding process to help develop cost effective and reliable mould tool designs.

2010 saw the introduction of the Epicor ERP system which increased efficiencies by replacing outdated and separate systems with a single software package.  This would also lead to the implementation of the Mattec machine monitoring system providing real time production information and further efficiencies.

MACHINES

There continued to be investment in new moulding machines, both as replacements and additional machines.  The total number of machines increased from 24 at our 50th anniversary in 2006 to 30 at our 60th anniversary in 2016.  The most significant investments were in large machines with the addition of a 900T in 2007, a second 1700T machine in 2011 and a replacement 1500T machine in 2013.

ACCREDITATIONS

Rutland Plastics has held the ISO9001 quality standard since 1989.  With the environment being increasingly important and Rutland Plastics keen to demonstrate its green credentials, we attained the ISO14001 environmental standard in 2008.

With an increasing amount of work being undertaken for the medical and related industries we then worked for and attained the medical ISO13485 standard in 2013.

Rutland Plastics ISO14001 logo
Rutland Plastics ISO13485 logo

MARKETING

Not surprisingly, as part of all the changes to Rutland Plastics, the way we market ourselves has also evolved.  The last 10 years has seen a new corporate image accompanied by a new corporate brochure, magazine ads and revamped website.  There has also been the addition of a prototyping brochure.  The other development has been attendance at a number of industry exhibitions.  All of this activity has led to a substantial increase in the number of enquiries received and a growth in the customer base.

So, as you can see, in spite of the worst recession in recent years occurring within the last decade, Rutland Plastics has gone from strength to strength. There have been exciting changes in all areas of the business, so here’s to the next 10 years!

Rutland Plastics brochure
Rutland Plastics prototyping brochure