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Student: Henry Lin, Final year Mechanical Engineering QUT

Student aims to reduce production waste at the Yatala Brewery

 

With the growing movement towards zero net waste production in the brewing industry, brewers place a great importance on minimising waste. Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) – formerly Foster's Australia – dates back to 1854 in Melbourne, and has since become Australia’s leading brewer. The Yatala plant, which is one of two CUB breweries on the eastern seaboard, is the host of this current CEED project (one of three projects currently underway at Yatala).

 

Henry Lin, a final year Mechanical Engineering student from QUT, first heard about the CEED Program through his friends and then campus visits from the CEED team. Henry applied for a CEED project to gain work experience as well as work towards his undergraduate thesis – as he sees it, ‘killing two birds with one stone’. He says “There are so many different opportunities you can get from CEED rather than doing a project solely through university”.

Henry shares the same vision as CUB for viable and energy efficient manufacturing processes as well as environmental sustainability. As a part of the project, Henry has already researched various waste management procedures and given a lot of thought to how he can apply the different techniques to CUB.

 

Henry Lin - current CEED student at CUB's Yatala brewery 
 Above:  Henry Lin (CEED student) pictured at CUB's
 Yatala brewery. Henry's project will identify how CUB can
 reduce the amount of waste which goes to landfill.

Since commencing the project in December 2012, over the summer vacation period, Henry has already been tracking and documenting the waste through the production process from raw materials coming into the brewery right up until the finished products leave the site. Whilst tracking the waste, Henry is developing maps which analyse the points in the manufacturing process where waste is created. He hopes to develop a full understanding of the brewing process which will enable him to make accurate recommendations at the completion of the project.

The project requires Henry to conduct a lot of primary research, which can be time consuming – but is important for the success of the project.

 

CUB had 94.4% efficiency in waste management for 2012, and Henry is hopeful from his research and time spent at the Yatala plant, that he can increase this number towards zero net waste production. Henry believes that waste management and minimisation, in any company, is something that everyone has to work towards.

 

He is very excited about the outcomes he can produce and the recommendations he can deliver to CUB regarding their waste minimisation. Financially, managing waste through recycling or re-using is beneficial to manufacturing companies and Henry believes he will be able to provide recommendations to minimise their costs. He hopes to provide recommendations based on current inefficiencies at the plant.

 

By finishing this project for CUB in June 2013, Henry is confident he’ll be able to complete his final year undergraduate thesis and gain valuable industry experience, all at the same time.  It’s a win-win.

 

By Heylee Menzies (CEED Marketing Assistant - Jan-June 2013)

 

 

 

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