Resource Efficiency and optimisation study (2016-17)

Project outcomes

Sponsored by Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd


Project title: 
Resource Efficiency and optimisation study
Description of the project: 

Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company, originating from New Zealand, who produce nearly 22 billion litres of milk each year and export to the world.  Fonterra have teamed up with Gardiner to explore how powder is transported within their manufacturing process and investigate new ways to optimise the performance of the system to mitigate the breakdown of the powder structure. The goal is to implement the ‘right first time’ manufacturing process to maintain integrity and ensure quality.

The Fonterra Darnum processing facility in West Gippsland is engaging with the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and MITI to implement a process improvement project to optimise resource efficiency at their factory.  The project will look at ways to minimise their sustainability footprint and improve water use.

As part of the project, students will be engaged to map the water balance across the factory from raw material in, through to understanding the wastewater treatment and irrigation capability at the back end.  The project is designed to identify opportunities for additional water recycling within the plant and to reduce waste water sent to holding dams and irrigation.

Concurrently the students would also assess energy use within the factory and identify potential opportunities or projects for implementation. The project will also explore waste streams generated from the facility’s frozen packing lines and prepare recommendations for optimisation and process improvement.

Project brief

Project brief

Sponsored by Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

Location: 
Darnum Park, Melbourne
Description of the project: 

Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company, originating from New Zealand, who produce nearly 22 billion litres of milk each year and export to the world.  Fonterra have teamed up with Gardiner to explore how powder is transported within their manufacturing process and investigate new ways to optimise the performance of the system to mitigate the breakdown of the powder structure. The goal is to implement the ‘right first time’ manufacturing process to maintain integrity and ensure quality.

The Fonterra Darnum processing facility in West Gippsland is engaging with the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and MITI to implement a process improvement project to optimise resource efficiency at their factory.  The project will look at ways to minimise their sustainability footprint and improve water use.

As part of the project, students will be engaged to map the water balance across the factory from raw material in, through to understanding the wastewater treatment and irrigation capability at the back end.  The project is designed to identify opportunities for additional water recycling within the plant and to reduce waste water sent to holding dams and irrigation.

Concurrently the students would also assess energy use within the factory and identify potential opportunities or projects for implementation. The project will also explore waste streams generated from the facility’s frozen packing lines and prepare recommendations for optimisation and process improvement.

Project outcomes

This project has been closed
Available to: 
All Students
Faculty or Department: 
Engineering-Chemical
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Science
Sector: 
Dairy
Employment Type: 
Scholarship
Eligibility: 
All students

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are enrolled full-time at Monash.

Selection Criteria: 

Your application will be reviewed by senior faculty members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application form including spelling & grammar
  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project (s) you apply for
  • Extra - curricular activities (i.e. sports/clubs & societies/memberships)
  • Career goals & ambitions
  • Academic performance
  • Successful completion of group activity
  • Successful interview with industry partner

 Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.
  • Each industry project will run for 12 weeks over the summer vacation period that is December 2016 through to February 2017.
  • If selected you must be available and agree to commit for the entire 12 week period. 
Duration: 
12 weeks
Max number of recipients: 
4
Application process: 

Applications are submitted online via the MITI website and must include a cover letter (no more than one page) and current CV.

 Your cover letter should include the following information:

  • why the project is of particular interest to you
  • an outline of relevant experience either through vacation work, study or other extra curricula activities
  • what you can contribute as a member of the team

Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company with its roots firmly planted in New Zealand’s rich land, working to unlock every drop of goodness from the 22 billion litres of milk we collect each year and sharing it with the world.
Our Australian business is one of our largest and operates 8 manufacturing sites with 1,800 employees providing Australians the great-tasting dairy brands they know and love.
In Australia, we are a leading dairy consumer business and our vision is to be the natural source of dairy nutrition for all Australians.
We collect close to 1.8 billion litres of milk annually from up to 1400 farmer suppliers and their 300,000 dairy cows.
We process this milk into the many Fonterra dairy foods that generations of Australians have grown up with and love. Today, these everyday products include our great tasting cheeses, yoghurts, dairy desserts, fresh milks and spreads.
We also sell ingredients to many of the world’s leading food companies, operate a dedicated sales channel for the foodservice industry and provide a full range of dairy products specifically designed for commercial kitchens.