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A4E: Warburtons to address concepts of automation

12 April 2012

Darren Hunt, Engineering Team Leader at Warburtons, and his colleague Claire Wilson, Operations & Maintenance Manager, will tak about the various aspects of automation at Appetite for Engineering on 12 June at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire

Darren and Claire will deliver a joint presentation about different aspects of the plant at Severn Beach. Darren will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of automation technology concepts undertaken at Warburtons.

He will discuss a survey of shift engineers, referring to concerns and issues about automation, and also Warburtons' support network which utilises nationwide skills of engineers and central engineering. He will look at building quality open relationships with suppliers and machine manufacturers, in-house training, utilising varying skills of engineers, reducing cost and, finally, will consider the way forward.

Claire will discuss the challenges that require continual upskilling despite a lack of funding. She will also look at sharing best practice and utilising other sites to upskill, and utilising engineers with specialist skills to train others in the department. With a second plant imminent, in-line training will be required. Engineers will be sent to Germany, OEMs will need to be trained, and this will present challenges. In addition to this is the need to run the current plant to the same efficiency, as well as dealing with other issues with new plant.

Darren joined St Regis Paper as an apprentice electrician in 1989, and enjoyed 14 years maintaining a 50-year-old paper mill. He progressed to supervisor level before closure, then joined Corus Steel at Llanwern site as shift engineer. After that, he joined Warburtons in December 2008 as an engineer in the new bakery - a world away from paper and steel. He is currently the engineering team leader of a growing department and plant.

Claire joined Corus in 1999 as a graduate engineer, eventually being promoted to site electrical engineer. She was transferred to a site with engineering issues, and was promoted again. She started at Warburtons in August 2008 in a new, highly automated bakery. The department in which she works is continually expanding, as is the bakery, with a recent addition of a new wraps/thins line.


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