Real time tracking of wastewater flows to drain in a complex, multi-faceted dairy production site. (2019-20)

Real time tracking of wastewater flows to drain in a complex, multi-faceted dairy production site. (2019-20)

Project outcomes

Sponsored by Saputo Dairy Australia

This project is proudly funded and supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation


Project title:
Real time tracking of wastewater flows to drain in a complex, multi-faceted dairy production site.
Description of the project:

The Saputo Dairy Australia 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. Management of water use and wastewater volumes from each production plant is a priority but is problematic due to the complexity of the site. Identifying & understanding individual wastewater streams at source and in real time is critical as it will identify instances of product loss and help with the identification of plant maintenance issues. This will enable early intervention to reduce wastewater volumes and product loss.
The student team will be required to develop a detailed understanding of the site’s production processes and clean-in-place (CIP) processes that generate significant waste streams. The project will focus on identifying and validating in field the key assets within the plant to monitor and to use to develop a drain reporting map for each of the main production plants on site. Working with an in-house IT specialist, the team will generate daily drainage reports for each area of the plant utilising existing equipment and automation data on site.
These reports will be validated in field and used to identify opportunities for water / chemical savings and reduction in product losses for potential immediate implementation by plant management. Changes implemented during the project will be monitored and savings recorded.

Project brief

Project brief

Sponsored by Saputo Dairy Australia

This project is proudly funded and supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation

Location:
5331 Great Ocean Road Allansford VIC 3277
Description of the project:

The Saputo Dairy Australia 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. Management of water use and wastewater volumes from each production plant is a priority but is problematic due to the complexity of the site. Identifying & understanding individual wastewater streams at source and in real time is critical as it will identify instances of product loss and help with the identification of plant maintenance issues. This will enable early intervention to reduce wastewater volumes and product loss.
The student team will be required to develop a detailed understanding of the site’s production processes and clean-in-place (CIP) processes that generate significant waste streams. The project will focus on identifying and validating in field the key assets within the plant to monitor and to use to develop a drain reporting map for each of the main production plants on site. Working with an in-house IT specialist, the team will generate daily drainage reports for each area of the plant utilising existing equipment and automation data on site.
These reports will be validated in field and used to identify opportunities for water / chemical savings and reduction in product losses for potential immediate implementation by plant management. Changes implemented during the project will be monitored and savings recorded.

Project outcomes

This project has been closed
Project Aims:

1) Generation of individual plant and overall site summary waste reports for main production plants through the analysis of major waste streams, identification of equipment and automation to enable real time monitoring.

2) Validation and use of these reports in plant to produce a detailed report identifying opportunities for immediate implementation that will reduce water usage and/or product losses.

Available to:
Undergraduate students in penultimate and subsequent year (including honours)
Faculty or Department:
Engineering-Chemical
Engineering-Mechanical
Sector:
Dairy
Manufacturing
Employment Type:
Scholarship

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 2019 to end of February 2020.

Selection 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
  • Extra - curricular activities (i.e. sports/clubs & societies/memberships)
  • Career goals & ambitions
  • Academic performance
  • Successful completion of group activity
  • 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

Duration:
12 Weeks
Max number of recipients:
4
Application process:

A cover letter and current CV are mandatory requirements of the application process.

Your cover letter should state the following information in a clear and concise manner:

  • why this project is of particular interest to you
  • an outline of your experience either through work, study or other interests to support your application
  • what you can contribute as a member of the team

Saputo Dairy Australia

The Saputo Dairy Australia, Allansford site has been producing high quality dairy products for over 130 years, making us the oldest dairy processor in Australia today. SDA is one of the largest employers in south-west Victoria; employing over 800 people across sites in Allansford, Mount Gambier. The site produces a variety of cheeses, butter and butter blends, dairy powders, milk and cream for markets in Australia and internationally. Saputo Dairy Australia is a division of Canadian dairy company Saputo Inc, one of the top ten dairy processors in the world. With operations across nine manufacturing facilities, Saputo Dairy Australia is the largest milk processor in Australia.
https://www.gardinerfoundation.com.au/miti/