07.30 – I arrive at about 7.15 and clock in. I usually go into the production office were Kieron my Team Leader has printed off the day’s work orders for each punching machine. These are the jobs required for that day’s production.
08.00 – I then issue the works orders to the relevant punching machines, and show the operators their order of priorities. Then I can go to my machine which is at present the Amada EML combination. I then set up the first job.
09.00 – I request Roy our forklift driver to collect from our material stores the material needed for the day’s production. I also carry out a full stock check of material as well as current parts in progress and pass this information back to the Production Scheduling team.
10.00 – Is our first tea break I usually chat with the other apprentices and engineers. I check what jobs are running and relay that information back to the team leader before his production meeting.
11.00 – The team leader after his production meeting will sometimes change punching priorities. I am then responsible for batch shortages or urgent samples on my machine. I will then update my material list if I haven’t got the material in the tower waiting.
12.00 – I have my lunch in the canteen and talk with the first year apprentices on what they have been doing or learnt that morning.
12.30 – After lunch I return and log into our MRP system and update work orders which have been punched/lasercut in morning. This helps keep the system live and the production scheduling team can clearly see if the day’s production targets are being achieved. I will also do my routine checks and maintenance on the laser. This consists of setting and centering the laser beam. I will recalibrate the laser head and make fine adjustments to make the laser beam central in the lens, also checking the cutting nozzle is clean.
13.00 – I then carry on with production till 2.30 when I go for my last tea break, but the EML is automated so will carry on running production through break. As I finish jobs I will book off more work orders on the system, I go through with my Team Leader (mentor) what I have learnt today and how I felt about the tasks I have completed.
15.00 – This is the last part of the day and is usually were we start getting production ready for the second shift. I make sure the furnace bins are empty; the gas has enough to run without stopping half way through a sheet run. Empty the slug bin. Check material has been brought over from the stores. Then it’s time to clean and tidy my work area. I will then go over with my team leader what production has not been completed and what I think should go through onto the second shift. I will then write up my handover shift notes which will help the second shift determine their priorities. I leave the place in a clean, safe and organised, ready for the next shift to take over.
16.30 – clock out.