Dutton Engineering Metal Services

So you’re looking for a sheet metalworking company, how do you tell which is the one for you? They’re all the same after all… aren’t they?

Imagine a sheet metal engineering company without a separate inspection depar tment, where employees don’t have set hours each week or month. Where ‘troubled’ teenagers are actively sought as recruits. Where people on the shop floor have the same input into the direction of the company as “the management”. Hold that thought!

Now imagine a sheet metal engineering company with consistently faster turnaround than the others. Where quality is dependably high.
Where communication is considered crucial, so you always know what’s going on with your job. Where the computer system that runs the company, the estimating system, the CAD drawings and the machines is not just integrated, it’s a single program custom built, specifically for the task. Where even the van driver can talk knowledgably about your job and your requirements.

Believe it or not, both descriptions are of the same company. Dutton Engineering, of Sandy in Bedfordshire, is a sheet metal working company with a creative approach to business.

Following extensive research into a number of management methods such as Total Quality Management (TQM), Kaizen continuous improvement, Just in Time (JIT ) & Kanban inventor y management and Statistical Process Control (SPC), it has developed a unique approach to production processes, par ticipative management and collaboration with customers and suppliers that results in:

  • Increased productivity
  • Higher quality
  • Faster turnaround
  • Zero defects

Which all adds up to…

  • Better value for money

Many companies have dabbled in elements of these methods but Dutton knows that they are not just theories. Your overriding requirements are quality and speed: by making a commitment to TQM and Kaizen, Dutton engineering has proved that they can deliver. The job can be anything from tunnel roof linings for London Underground to security barriers for the Beijing 2008 Olympics; Aluminium cladding for Heathrow Terminal 5 to ramps used on car transporters.

What’s wrong with the engineering industry?

If you’re reading this, the chances are that you’re a buyer of engineering services. If so, you’ve almost certainly experienced one or more of the following:

  • Late deliveries, which are frustrating if you’re a manufacturer and potentially deal-breaking if you’re supplying those goods to a third party.
  • Goods that don’t meet the quality standards laid out in your specification, or which show defects at a later stage.
  • Lack of communication, especially if things do start to go wrong.

Dutton frequently lose a job because they have been undercut on price. Only afterwards do they discover that the winning company did not deliver on time, or to the required standard. They’ve simply cut the price to win the work, without considering the ramifications of letting you down.