Employee Spotlight: Eliane De Oliveira, Senior Machine Operator at Belarina’s Curitiba Unit
What is your job title and location?
I am a Senior Machine Operator at Belarina’s production unit located in Curitiba, Parana, the Southern region of Brazil.
What are your responsibilities?
Every day I begin working at 7 a.m., first I inspect all of the critical control points in the equipment that I manage. I do this to guarantee that it meets our production standards. Then, I verify the production program – which silo contains the required product and then I transfer it. Once the production process starts, I supervise the entire process and perform the necessary adjustments.
Throughout the day, I monitor the performance of the machinery. I check if it is well-functioning and there is permanent and adequate flow of raw materials, both of flour and packages. The supervising process is critical, not only to meet production requirements, but also to fulfill the regulations established by the government – most importantly the weight tolerance.
Along with supervising, I collect daily, statistical data. The efficiency report shows the production goals throughout the day, which includes the losses and time when the machinery was stopped. I close my day at 5 p.m, after preparing all of this information, .
What’s the latest project or improvement that you have made?
Perhaps one of the most remarkable achievements of mine was identifying an opportunity to modify the reprocessing process in my production line. Before, the reprocessed flour was placed in big bags and sent back to the mill, where the product would be reused. Today, the employee places the reprocessed product directly into the machine. This considerably reduced transportation costs and time in my process. The reprocessing is an important highlight because it is to reducing packaging problems. The purpose isn’t to interfere or affect the quality of the final product.
In addition, I presented a proposal to reduce additional losses in the production process. My idea is to develop an alarm system that identifies when the silo that feeds the equipment is reaching a level below safety stocks. At this point the system would trigger the alarm. Then, when the silo levels are equalized and the production can be restarted, the employee stops the machine. This could reduce variations in product weight and consequently reduce reprocessing requirements and losses in packaging material.
How’s life in Curitiba?
Curitiba is the coldest capital city in all the states of Brazil. The average temperature of the warmest month is below 22ºC and of the coldest month below 2ºC.
According to Traveler’s Digest, Curitiba ranks 8th among the top 10 cities with the highest quality of life. The topics covered in this ranking include: cost of life, job market, entertainment options, leisure and culture.
The city has a series of services and industries. Curitiba is becoming a technological spot, known as “the Silicon Valley of Brazil,” This is happening because of the presentation and increase of development in the industry in the past years. Besides this, the city has the second largest automobile market in the country after Sao Paulo.
The vast number of parks and hiking spots characterizes Curitiba as a whole. These attractions gave Curitiba the nickname, “The Green City”. The city offers more than 30 site locations to visit, which allows one to have a closer interaction with nature. Besides this natural sightseeing, Curitiba also has a series of museums. For example, the Parana Museum is where one can understand how the state developed throughout time and generations. Also, the Railroad Museum has an incredible tour through the Serra do Mar Mountains in classic train wagons and informs one about the logistics progress of the state
What makes you unique or different than others?
It is known that my work is characterized by excellence, and I have a deep knowledge of the production process under my responsibility. With my help, Belarina can train new employees in a better way who will participate in the packaging processes.