Mr. Ronald Pangan of DOST trains 17 banana plant supervisors on equipment calibration and maintenance on February 7-8, at La Roxas, Maramag, Bukidnon.
The Department of Science and Technology region 10 has recently conducted training on equipment maintenance and calibration at Farmind Asia Banana Corporation (FABC), La Roxas, Maramag, Bukidnon.
On February 7-8, 17 plant calibration officers and supervisors from the firm actively participated in the training on Calibration of Electronic Balances, Thermometers, and Volumetric Wares. This group of technical manpower directly handles the company’s machineries’ maintenance and calibration in the production facility.
The training was facilitated by DOST-10’s Regional Metrology Laboratory in-house experts, Mr. Ronald Pangan, Mr. Jefferson Lumor, and Engr. Shane Clavano.
The speakers discussed the precise calibration procedures for certain specific industrial equipment. Hands-on exercises were given for practical evaluation. Pre-test and post-test were also conducted to the participants to assess the learning outcome from the training.
The activity was conducted to upskill the employees of FABC on how to do periodic maintenance and in-house calibration of their equipment. It was also given in preparation for their upcoming ISO accreditation this year.
FABC is a large-scale banana plantation that exports Cavendish bananas internationally, particularly in Japan. It is among the primary sources of local employment in the community, with 100 employees or more. Aside from the economic contribution of the firm, it also aims to continuously improve the technical know-how of its employees.
“We’re very satisfied with the training. I learned how to calibrate the equipment needed in banana production,” said by one of the participants during the training evaluation.
After this training, the firm is expected to increase its productivity and efficiency.
Aside from the services and trainings from RSTL, DOST also provides consultancy services and technology upgrading to interested firms through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). (Delwin Balanay Jr/DOST10)