Guillaume Vavrille

Hot end Process Technician at Sucy-en-Brie Plant

Can you sum up your career path for us?

After having obtained my BTS (Vocational Training Certificate) in plastics and composites, I naturally turned towards the sector of plastics technology where I built up my knowledge for two years. Following that, in 2003 I joined the factory SGD Pharma plant of Sucy-en-Brie as “development” Head of Section. 

For nearly a year and a half I had the opportunity to complete a training programme, with the team of the heads of sections, going through the different production sectors. 
In 2005 I was allocated the first machine as permanent head of section, and then my sector was extended to two machines. Since 2015 I have occupied the position of Hot End Process Improvement Technician. 

Could you describe your role in a little more detail?

In collaboration with the hot end peripheral services (moulding, IS,...) and the production team, my mission consists of assessing the functioning of our hot end installations, and analysing recurring technical malfunctions at process level.  From there, I am able to define the operating instructions needed for the implementation, in complete security, of the processes that improve the performances of our installations and needed for the correct execution of the work.
This is expressed, among other things, by modifications of tooling or by optimising the moulds and machines. Lastly, I assist the heads of sections in the improvement and optimisation of the performances of their sectors.
Exchange and communication are paramount in my work. The greatest challenge is to stay constantly up-to-date with the technological advances in the domain. 

Are there productions of which you are particularly proud since you joined SGD Pharma?

The world of glass and the professions that comprise it are exciting. The glass manufacture process is part of the heavy industry and requires experience, rigour and passion. The processes are long and, once completed, the developments and creations bring a certain degree of pride and satisfaction.

In the last three years we have worked in particular on a process that optimises the cooling of the moulds. Vertiflow mould cooling – a solution of ventilation through the moulds, on the Bottero machines – is a long-term team effort that we are all proud of!

Is there something in particular that you appreciate in your working environment and would like to share with us?

I think that the technicality and the know-how that the profession of Process Improvement Technician requires are fascinating. 
I appreciate the team work with the employees of the plant and outside of it, the ongoing challenges that are involved in the production sector, and the day-to-day variety of the job.