Lab Assistant; West Fraser – WestPine MDF
I spent 8 months with the professional and friendly West Pine MDF tech team as a lab assistant in Quesnel, BC. Daily routines include Quality Assurance (QA) as well as Quality Control (QC) for the production. Standard tests such as Internal Bond (IB), Static Bending (for MOE/MOR), 24h Soaks, Moisture Content, Profile are required.
In addition to conducting mechanical tests, I was involved in projects aimed at optimizing the production process and analyzing data. The creation of a recipe database allows for more in-depth analysis in refining production recipes. I developed a dunnage placement program, streamlining the process for any potential combination of dimensions through modeling and field research.
This project will ultimately result in improved data storage and consistency of proper dunnage placement in the packaging line. With this improvement, information will be more reliably stored, and product warp caused by improper dunnage placement can be avoided. Furthermore, I took on the responsibility of training press operators in the use of the new software, contributing to the enhancement of my communication skills.