10 Jan 2017, 0:00 CET

Working shift in production – Lina, Business Development

In December, as a part of the trainee program, all trainees got the chance to work in production for three weeks. Normally I am based in Solna but during the shift period I was based at Gruvön. If I would describe my weeks at Gruvön with one word it would be WOW! I’m so grateful that I got the chance to see how it is to work in production and at the same time gain a greater understanding of the whole process. 

What did you do during these weeks?

For the first time in my life I worked shift. All the operators switch between working morning, afternoon and night shift. This was an inspiring experience, to see Gruvön in three different dimensions and to learn how the process continues 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Amazing view from the top of the recovery boiler

During my time at Gruvön I wanted to see as much as possible so I decided to spend time at three different places of the production plant. The first two days of my “Gruvön tour” were spent in BoxLab where engineers and packaging designers work with testing and developing boxes with the aim of creating more value for our customers.

The second stop on my tour was with the production engineers. They control the flow of the mill and make sure that all parts of the mill are utilized in the best way possible. The process is very complex but if you want to gain a greater understanding of the process the production engineers are definitely the right people to ask.

I and R&D trainee Erika in front of the evaporation

What would then suit better than ending my “Gruvön tour” with the final step of paper production?

My last week was therefore spent at PM6 where the world’s strongest fluting is being produced! The biggest challenge working at this part of the process is to keep the machine running as fast as possible without breaking the paper and maintain the high quality. The optimal is when the operators succeed with the above mentioned challenge and the machine is running by itself. As one operator said: “When everything goes as planned, the less we have to do and at the same the company earns more money…” What happens behind this door, stays behind this door…

Most Important Message from this week?

My first key takeaway is that all parts of the process are equally important and that all parts are dependent on each other. Secondly, there are a lot of different competences needed running a process like this and without all the employees a company like BillerudKorsnäs would never exist.

Erika and Michael, production engineer

How much coffee did you drink during these weeks?

My coffee consumption increased a lot during my time at Gruvön but I was still far behind compared to some of the operators. The rumor says an operator used to drink 15-20 cups a day but now he has stopped due to unknown reasons…

Another thing that was great fun during these weeks was that the company decided to invest SEK 5.7 billion in a new board machine at the Gruvön site. A new machine means that the Gruvön mill will continue to live for many years to come!

Of course the investment decision was celebrated with cakes

I want to end by saying thank you to everyone that made my weeks at Gruvön valuable, fun and memorable, this has been an experience for life!