GLOUCESTER-BASED KEITH RHODES MACHINERY INSTALLATIONS LTD OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES TO THE SPECIALIST ENGINEERING SECTOR. BOB BEECH GETS AN INSIGHT INTO THE PROBLEMS FACED WHEN MOVING THE LATEST KIT.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
While the British economy has undergone many dramatic changes in the past three decades, with far less focus upon heavy industry, there’s still a great deal of specialist engineering undertaken by many companies. The machines and equipment used by these companies are very sophisticated with one machine carrying out a range of tasks that used to require a number of smaller machines. This creates a whole new range of challenges for specialist machine transport and installation companies.
Handling modern computer numeric controlled machines requires highly trained, multi-skilled staff, capable of operating a wide range equipment. Companies competing in this sector tend to be relatively long established concerns, often run by individuals who, above all, relish a challenge. Many of the techniques that were developed in the early years of the operation, when vehicles and equipment were far less sophisticated, have been adapted for the modern era and have been passed on to new generations of staff.