To help improve the efficiency of water usage in the canning process, the students were asked to use their engineering knowledge and skills to design a viable solution to help control the flow of water.
Working in partnership with the engineering team at Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, the two students created a system which switches off the water flow when no cans have been detected in the line for more than ten seconds, switching it back on when cans are detected. An intelligent timer was incorporated into the programme, measuring the duration of each time the water was switched off, demonstrating the savings in water usage that could be generated by this solution.
Coca Cola commended the students for coming up with this innovative solution: “We are very impressed by the quality of the students' work and their ability to apply their knowledge to a ‘real life’ workplace scenario. This experience will stand them in good stead when applying for jobs in the future. It is important that young people understand that it is not just their knowledge but also their skills, creativity and attitude which matter in the workplace." - Martin McNeill, Electronics Project Manager at Coca Cola
Through participating in this project student gained the following skills:
• participating in meetings
• working as a team
• hands on industrial experience
• project management skills.
Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland is currently developing a solution based on the concept created by the two students and hopes that this will generate increased water savings, adding to the company’s existing sustainable manufacturing processes.
ADVICE TO OTHER STUDENTS
“It’s great to get hands on experience and I’ve been able to put the theory I learnt in my first year into practice. Both Jonathan and I have also had the chance to develop our project management skills. I’m moving onto the Higher National Diploma in Engineering at SERC next year and hope to work on more industry projects.” - Jonathan Hamill, student