Creekstone Farms DC Automation System Support Technician in Arkansas City, Kansas
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JOB SUMMARY: This position will be responsible for supporting & maintaining a new state of art Customer Order Fulfillment Center. This Customer Order Fulfillment Center will eventually handle the storage, inventory and shipments of nearly 100% of the daily boxed beef produced at Creekstone.
+ These System Support Technicians will be responsible for the following activities at the new Customer Order Fulfillment Center:
+ Ensure that all the Material Handling Equipment (MHE) is operating within the guidelines established by Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) & the System Integrator (SI) and to ensure that ALLSafety Devices and Safety Systems are working properly.
+ Provide support, troubleshooting, calibration, and preventive maintenance for all the MHE which is housed in a cooler environment (30 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit).
+ Conduct daily observations & inspections of all the MHE. This includes following up and inquiring with each of the key Creekstone Operations personnel regarding each major Sub-System to collect their thoughts and observations regarding howthe MHE is operating.
+ Learn how to correctly utilize & interpret the various WES / WCS / PLC / HMI & System Visualization Screens and Reports in order to ensure the daily “health” of the system:
+ Establish a daily archive of the base line reports for future reference and analysis
+ Scanner Read Rates
+ Various Sub-System Fault Reports
+ Planned and Unplanned Repairs
+ Replacement Part Orders
+ Hours of Operation Per Sub-System
+ Report to Creekstone Management any MHE that is not operating within the normal guidelines and receive direction on the required next steps to return the MHE to normal operations.
+ Work with Creekstone Management to establish the timelines and priorities for any repairs or corrective actions that may beneeded.
+ Interact with the various SI Support Personnel (Internal & External) regarding any planned or unplanned System Changes /Repairs / Corrective Actions that may be needed:
+ Provide detailed descriptions of any problems that may be occurring
+ Closely collaborate with Internal & External Support Staff to determine when Hardware, Software, Mechanical, Electrical or Controls Changes can be made and provide SPECIFIC feedback to them regarding the effectiveness of these changes
+ Clearly communicate to Creekstone Operations when there is a need for a System Change and what the deficiency is and whatthe desired result is from the planned System Change.
+ Accurately document and communicate operational test results.
+ Create graphical representations of daily, weekly, monthly system performance metrics & downtime.
+ Make timely recommendations regarding possible technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, orperformance of the system.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
+ The ability to learn, understand, troubleshoot & support advanced control systems, which are highly computer-driven.
+ The ability to learn, understand, troubleshoot & support the MHE that is made up of several parts:
+ The mechanical system
+ The sensing and actuation devices
+ The PLC contr ol systems and the PLC software functionality (NOTE: No PLC Programming Experience is required.)
+ The WES / WCS Software functionality (NOTE: No Software Programming Experience is required.)
+ The ability to maintain and make recommendations to improve automated processes
+ The ability to work closely with several different engineering disciplines to effectively maintain and trouble shoot the newsystem (Mechanical, Electrical, Controls, Software)
+ The ability to collaboratively “Problem-Solve”.
+ The ability to become a strong analytical thinker in order to effectively and efficiently solve day to day problems.
+ The ability to WORK SAFELY at all times per Creekstone Safety Standards and Protocols.
+ The ability to work at times without direct supervision.
+ The ability and commitment to provide excellent & accurate communication to all stake holders.
+ Basic to advanced understanding of the following;
+ Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s)
+ Photo Eyes, Sensors and Scanners
+ Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s)
+ Solenoids, cylinders, and airlines
+ How PLC’s & Computer Systems control per each major sub-system to effectively troubleshoot
+ How major PLC&