FOUR young manufacturers have been announced as finalists for Manufacturers’ Monthly’s 2006 Endeavour Awards.
Now in its third year, the awards program is sponsored by BlueScope Steel and offers Australian manufacturers an opportunity to showcase their achievements and expertise to customers and suppliers, both locally and overseas. Winners and a highly commended will be presented with an award at a ceremony held on the 31st August at Darling Harbour, Sydney.
The Young Manufacturer of the Year award was kindly sponsored by TAFE NSW and will go to one of the following entrants:
Employee: Nick Kinny
Position: Mechanical Design Engineer, Project Manager And Mechanical Fitter/Machinist
BROENS Industries delivers precision engineering, tooling and automation solutions across key industries.
The company’s candidate, Nick Kinny, is responsible for the complete design of small to medium scale machine tools, as well as automated measurement tools and machining centres. These jobs are carried out using the latest 3D modelling program - software which Nick taught himself how to use while on the job and has trained other staff members at Broens in.
Nick is also responsible for project management and the purchase of raw materials and appropriate standards items such as cylinders, rails and valves.
In his 3rd year at TAFE, Nick received the NSW Group Companies Manufacturing & Engineering Apprentice of the Year Award and came 2nd place in NSW in the TIFA Toolmaking Competition.
Employee: Andrew Dove
Position: Design Engineer
CHAMPION Compressors is the only Australian manufacturer of rotary screw compressors.
Andrew Dove’s critical role at Champion is to provide professional assistance to manufacturing and facilitate the implementation of lean manufacturing initiative Value Stream Mapping (VSM).
He leads mapping exercises and develops six month plans for the production line, a responsibility which entails levelling the workload at each station to develop ‘one-piece’ flow, liaising with suppliers to help reduce inventory and creating lead time improvements.
Andrew’s achievements in the company include redesigning a range of 15 to 30kW air compressors to bring a net cost reduction of 10% in the 30kW compressor.
He also redesigned a spiral valve actuator and increased the cycle life from 30,000 cycles to over 1,500,000 cycles, protecting the life of motors up to 185kW.
Heat and Control
Employee: Steven Jones
Position: Sheetmetal Worker
HEAT and Control is a manufacturer of food processing and packaging equipment.
The company’s nominee, Steven Jones, assists in the assembly of the company’s machines during the initial build phase and installation/commissioning phase at a customer’s facility.
Steven was recently one of a handful of people selected from the Brisbane facility of Heat and Control to visit the company’s new manufacturing facility in Nanjing, China, to mentor the new workers and train in manufacturing products.
For two months, he was also based in Heat and Control’s facility in Mexico as the production supervisor for a multi-million dollar fryer project. During this period he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the build.
Employee: Bradley Phillip Hooppell
Position: 4th Year Apprentice – Fabrication Engineer
MARCUS Engineering manufactures sheetmetal and structural steel for mainly architectural applications.
After commencing a second trade from his previous life as a butcher, Bradley Hooppell, who won the Sheetmetal Industry Association’s Apprentice of the Year in June this year, is in a position to be able to complete most tasks required by an experienced tradesperson through his problem solving skills gained at TAFE and on the job.
His tasks have included fabrication in stainless steel, aluminium and mild steel, operation of a 200t press, saws, guillotine and welding using TGAW and GMAW.
He has also supervised construction of aluminium frame facades and panels for an architectural project undertaken by the company, holds an electrical test, tagging certificate and a forklift licence, and is one of the company’s first-aiders.