Fonterra: Integrated Work Systems: Lean Manufacturing principles with a focus on efficiency at Darnum (2021-22)

Integrated Work Systems: Lean Manufacturing principles with a focus on efficiency at Darnum (2021-22)

This project is proudly funded and supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation

Description of the project:

Fonterra manufacturing sites across NZ & Australia operate under a lean manufacturing framework known as Integrated Work System (IWS) which is focused on improving manufacturing reliability, reducing costs and elevating productivity. Under this system there are 11 pillars with Autonomous Maintenance (AM) being a key pillar that drives loss improvement and gets site to base condition. IWS also looks at getting to zero loss. Multiple pillars are used to fulfil this aspiration. Focus Improvement (FI) pillar is used to complete minor projects that focus on waste elimination.
Fonterra is seeking a team of students to help run several projects using IWS tools as well as learn about general data gathering, trending and analysis in a manufacturing environment. 

Examples of projects that the students will be involved with include the following:
1. Dryer Plant CIP efficiency and mapping. This project will look at all aspects of Dryer plant cleaning to determine effectiveness as well as map all hard to reach spots to determine both access requirements as well as Preventative Maintenance needs.
2. Site Resource Recovery. The use of materials and packaging in dairy manufacturing is focused on meeting food safety quality requirements but more innovation can be applied to reduce waste.

Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company. Outside of NZ, the Australian business is one of our largest, operating 8 manufacturing sites and employing over 1,800 people in order to provide Australians with the great-tasting dairy brands they know and love.
Milk collected from more than 1300 dairy farms is processed across our Victorian and Tasmanian network to produce world class dairy products for Australian and international markets.