Mathilde Auvray, 1st Rotation at Oswestry Packing site:
Currently, I’m working on Operator Asset Care programme. It needs to be rolled-out to all relevant operatives with consistency and competencies captured for the system to be successful and drive the Total Productive Maintenance Programme. The current engineers are spending too much time each day fixing problems and breakdowns that could be corrected by operatives if they had the skills. It will improve reliability, increase planned maintenance and allow more time to focus on continuous improvement. This project allows me to improve my technical skills but also my leadership skills with people management, manning by interacting with many different stakeholders from site directors, VP to operators, through the different department such as safety, production, maintenance and planning.
Sam Vickers, 1st Rotation at Aylesbury Dairy:
I am currently in Aylesbury for my first rotation, it is the second largest milk processing site in Europe and the most automated within the UK. The first thing that shocked me on site was the scale at which the site operates and the impressive automated guided vehicles carting the milk around. At this point my appreciation of how a bottle of milk arrives at a supermarket grew and I was excited to make an impact within the supply chain. The first rotation provides a great welcome into the dairy world and allows great connections to be made. I found there is a lot to learn in the first couple of months but everyone on site is extremely welcoming and helpful which assisted the learning process dramatically. Currently, my work load can be split into two main streams. Firstly, working on implementing a new data driven platform called statistical process control and understanding the data flow from within the process department. The objective of this project is to provide a better utilization of data which in turn enables improved process monitoring and visibility of improvement opportunities. To date this has given me the opportunity to network with very talented colleagues and has exposed myself to unfamiliar competencies and work such as understanding data flow through databases and querying data. My second workstream consists of carrying out a cost saving opportunity within the process department. As a graduate chemical engineer, this project was really exciting as it allowed me to get into detail of the process and really try to understand what’s going on and what can we do to optimize the process. As part of this, I followed the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) approach, which led to the objective of reducing the cream ageing tank’s CIP (cleaning in place) times and consequently minimizing the total cost per cream ageing tank CIP.
Laura Lukos, 1st Rotation at Stourton Dairy:
I’ve been really lucky with the projects that I’ve been involved in since starting my first rotation at Stourton. I’ve had the opportunity to work with different UK sites to support automation which challenged my understanding of automation, I’ve implemented reporting tools for Process Engineering where I’ve had to learn using new software and understand how to tell a story with data. But the most interesting project that I’m working on is managing a project to upgrade the intake area at Stourton, where I’m collaborating with logistics to implement optimal solutions for the drivers and technicians.