Saputo: Critical Equipment Reliability Tool (2021-22)

Critical Equipment Reliability Tool (2021-22)

Date close:
5th September 2021

Sponsored by Saputo

This project is proudly funded and supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation

Subject to restrictions: The project is based in South Western regional Victoria (240kms from Melbourne CBD) at 5331 Great Ocean Road, Allansford 3277. Students should be prepared to live in the region and accommodation will be organised and paid for near the factory. Please note that accommodation will be provided Mon-Sun however students may return to their usual place of residence on weekends if they wish to do so. Any travel back and forth to the accommodation will be at the students expense and must comply with any restrictions in place.
Description of the project:

The SDA Allansford site has grown in both size and complexity over more than 130 years of operation. The site takes in approximately 1 billion litres of milk annually, producing a wide range of dairy products including cheese, butter, milk powder, whey powder and liquid milk.
On such a complex manufacturing site, plant and process reliability is crucial for efficient operations. Additionally, equipment reliability is also an important component of the food safety in our plant, especially with the valves that are critical components of process lines and equipment. Inspection and maintenance of these valves must be carried out during annual production shutdown periods and is prioritised based on equipment criticality and our internal knowledge & experience of the plant. Capturing this knowledge & experience and imbedding it in an interactive decision matrix will help to build better reliability programs on site.

The student team will be required to develop a detailed understanding of the production processes and critical valving equipment in a key production area on site. The team will build their knowledge of the equipment from hands-on work in the production plant as well as consultation with experienced maintenance personnel, equipment suppliers and operators.

Using this knowledge, the team will develop and pilot an interactive app-based tool that captures the understanding of each piece of equipment and the process environment it is operating in and uses a criticality matrix to provide recommendations for maintenance programs.

Project Aims:

1) Generate plant information that lists critical valve equipment and component materials, the plant processes where they are used, and the chemical and temperature conditions used for cleaning them.
2) Design and development of an app based interactive tool that uses data the team has gathered to provide a decision matrix platform that reliability teams can use to build preventative maintenance plans for critical valves across our process plants.

Available to:
All Students
Art Design and Architecture
Information Technology
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Employment Type:
Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
Hold an Australian permanent resident/humanitarian visa, or
Hold an international student visa (Must be Melbourne placed during placement period)

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are currently enrolled full-time at Monash including for the period December 2021 to end of February 2022..

Selection and Required Criteria:

Your application will be reviewed by senior university members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application including spelling & grammar

  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select

  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project(s) you apply for

  • Quick Learners, adaptable and enthusiastic.

  • Career goals and ambitions

  • Successful interview with industry partner

Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.

  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.

12 weeks
Max number of recipients:
Date close:
Sunday, 5th September 2021

Saputo Dairy Australia is a division of Saputo Inc, one of the top ten dairy processors in the world. With operations across nine manufacturing facilities, SDA is the largest milk processor in Australia. Producing high quality dairy products for over 130 years, the Allansford site is also the oldest dairy processing site in Australia and one of the largest employers in south-west Victoria; employing over 800 people. The site produces a variety of cheeses, butter and butter blends, dairy powders, milk and cream for markets in Australia and internationally.