Zane Liddle - 4th Quarter Champion
Here at NZME we reward those who are always going above and beyond. We call these people our Champions and these people are recognised 4 times a year. As our first Champions event for 2019 is just around the corner, he is a throwback to one of our 2018 Champions.
Our Curious Champion for the 4th Quarter is Zane Liddle, who works as an Electrician at the Ellerslie Print Plant. Zane was Nominated by his Operations Manager, Russell Wieck, after he came up with an outstanding cost saving solution for the print plant.
And how did this happen? Well, the print plant was facing a critical problem - the power supply components that control colour registration for our printing presses were failing frequently. In less than 2 years. 10 power components had failed. The supplier investigated the problem and came to the conclusion that a cooling fan that had previously been installed in order to cool down the power supply components was forcing damp and corrosive air over the circuit board causing the components to fail.
Because the fan was playing a vital part of keeping things during the process cool, we couldn’t just disconnect it. So we had to keep replacing the power supplies as and when they failed.
To resolve this issue, initial replacement options were investigated by Nigel Kennedy, Electricians Supervisor and Stewart Irvine, Electrical Manager. Nigel found a power supply and compatible drive – these worked well and are still in use.
However, Zane went further, and ended up designing, manufacturing and programming a system even cheaper and more reliable - none of his design required forced cooling, which in turn eliminating the damp and corrosive environment.
Zane’s set-up has been in full production use with zero problems for the last 5 months – and as a company we will be replacing the old set-ups we currently have in use with Zane’s over the next 6-12 months.
The potential saving across the press hall a large sum of money and the solution is proving more fit for purpose that the previously supplied parts!
Zane knew there was a better way and was CURIOUS and determined enough to achieve a solution for our specific problem.
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