The Nairobi Bottlers Plant in Embakasi, a subsidiary of Coca Cola Bottlers East Africa (CCBA), has received a Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) training rig from Siemens’ Digital Industries South Africa to enhance skills development in digitalization technologies.
The training rig, which was configured and supplied in conjunction with International Energy Technik (IET), will play a pivotal role in training apprentices, trainees and the bottler’s current employees on how to handle new production technologies and beverage manufacturing operations in the soft drinks market.
According to Siemens’ Southern and East Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo, the partnership will go a long way in facilitating CCBA’s shift to digitization.
“Ongoing education and training have a positive effect for both business and society. At Siemens, we believe in investing in the long-term and creating value for our customers and the societies we operate in. We will continuously support CCBA’s vision in shaping their digital future,” Ms. Dall’Omo said in a statement.
Her sentiments were shared by Ralf Leinen, the Senior Vice President for Siemens Digital Industries, Southern and Eastern Africa.
“Digitalization gives CCBA the flexibility that they need to adopt to the frequently changing production trends in the soft drinks market. Siemens and CCBA have a historic successful partnership in Africa. Digital Industries is proud to have contributed towards a fully automated solution that can assist with engineering skills,” Mr. Leinen explained.
On his part, Eric Nyakundi, Electrical Engineer at CCBA’s Embakasi plant, explained that the partnership fits well with Coca Cola’s business goals and overall strategy of capability development and asset care strategies.
“The bulk of our control systems are based on Siemens Products hence the direct transfer of skills and knowledge acquired in training to our manufacturing facilities. This is in in line with the new supply chain philosophy of growing and developing engineering capacity in our manufacturing facilities and the overall asset care strategy,” Mr. Nyakundi said.
Siemens also created a 3D point cloud scan of the entire Embakasi plant which can be utilized with Siemens NX platform tool to analyze and plan projects. This is a step closer towards digitalization, where engineering time will reduce, and ultimately reducing implementation time.