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Appetite: Warburtons looks at automation-human interaction

14 February 2012

Warburtons' engineering and operations managers, Darren Hunt and Claire Wilson, will address Appetite for Engineering on 12 June at the Hinckley Island Hotel to talk about advantages and disadvantages of automation technology in manufacturing

The pair will look at several aspects of their jobs including carrying out a survey of shift engineers, and the daily concerns and issues with aspects of automation. They'll discuss the findings and results of these surveys.

They will also talk about the Warburtons support network, the central engineering team role, and the responsibilities. They will talk about their contact with Warburtons' shift engineers countrywide, utilising machine-specific specialised knowledge.

Darren and Claire will also address their excellent service support with their machine suppliers, particularly with respect to Rockwell Automation (PLC and human machine interface) and Schubert (pick 'n' place robots).
Another topic will be how they are trying to reduce training costs by using on-site shift engineers skills' base to train colleagues. Finally, they will evaluate the way forward with lean manufacturing techniques, continuous improvement and OEE monitoring.

The rest of the conference will include a headline presentation from Food & Drink Federation (FDF) president and General Mills MD Jim Moseley, as well as one from John Quinn, a food technologist at Marks & Spencer.

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