TRJ Engineering has expanded its capabilities with a move to a new, larger site in Hallam, Victoria.

TRJ began operations in Keysborough in 1974, but moved to Hallam around 20 years ago, eventually occupying three adjacent sites on the same street. The new facility is only round the corner from the old premises, but at 3,800sqm, it is 600sqm larger than the three old sites combined.

“We’ve moved from three factories into one big factory, so we’ve got it all under the one roof, which will make everything more efficient and increase our productivity,” says David Murphy, TRJ’s Director and Owner. “We’ve got more floor space, we’ve the ability to grow. The whole landscape has changed.”

Apart from being significantly larger, the new site represents a major upgrade in numerous areas. Boasting more than 400 amps of power, it includes a purpose-built machining shop, and is equipped with 16-ton and 10-ton overhead cranes, whereas previously TRJ only had access to 5-ton machines. The factory boasts eight dedicated general fabrication bays, as well as six welding bays, compared with four in the old premises. Murphy has also had gas lines plumbed in throughout the factory, meaning there’s no need for gas bottles in the bays.

“We do a lot of truck chassis work,” he says. “And now we’ve got six dedicated welding bays where we can build B-doubles and semi-trailers. I’ve also got laser cutters and folders and all the other bits and pieces in proper areas now. We’re not moving from one factory to another to keep our work going through, so we won’t have to deal with forklifts being on the road.”

The new site allows TRJ to become more efficient in the way it runs its work. Around 60% of Murphy’s team have done Lean manufacturing to Cert 3 or Cert 4 stage, and the new facility is an opportunity to put that into practice more rigorously.

“In the end, we now can produce bigger stuff,” says Murphy. “Having a 16-ton crane, we can pick up heavier stuff, we can build heavier stuff, we can manoeuvre heavier stuff. I’ve got a lot of flexibility in those welding bays now, with screens moving in and out that change for the size of the jobs. Air lines are everywhere, power’s everywhere.

“There’s a whole lot of stuff that ticks boxes up here, and all under one roof. It’s pretty much a state-of-the-art workshop for us. There’s no excuses anymore.”

Article and photo courtesy of AMT Magazine (Dec 2016/Jan 2017)

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