Producing Quality - Time After Time
Andrew Nicolson - Production and Quality Manager
“The production process is so much quicker than when I started”, explains Production and Quality Manager Andrew Nicolson, “we set up the presses and let them run with minimal supervision and any changes are made at the touch of a button”. Andrew started at DC Ross in 1985as a tool making apprentice and qualified with ease. After nearly 30 years, he’s seen some changes on the factory floor. “Without computerisation we wouldn’t be the company we are today, we just wouldn’t be able to compete”, he says.
Softly spoken and knowledgeable, Andrew has a knack of explaining the production process at DC Ross in simple terms anyone can understand. Over the years he’s been involved in a number of our largest projects and approaches each one with fresh eyes and attention to the smallest detail. “Andrew was instrumental in making our standards what they are today with our formal quality systems, without which we wouldn’t be able to guarantee that every component or tool that leaves our factory is of the highest quality”, CEO Peter Deans explains.
Andrew is a keen volleyball player (indoor, not beach he’s quick to add), and enjoys woodwork in his spare time. “I enjoy working with metal, but wood really takes on a personality of its own. With the presses at work every piece comes out exactly the same, it’s precision and what we do. Working with wood is less forgiving and more by feel, one wrong move and you’re right back to the start”, he explains.
He also helps out with projects at the school where his wife teaches and is getting used to having more space at home as his children have just moved out. “It’s strange not having them around, more space and quieter but they’re still in Dunedin so I’m sure they’ll be back when they need a good feed!”.