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Cflow as workplace - Innovative development and good opportunities
Cflow is constantly expanding and we pride ourselves in being able to attract skilled professionals from a range of educational backgrounds. Together we can develop and provide the best solutions for fish handling and aquaculture. This promises well for the future of the industry. Improved solutions and new ways of cultivating the ocean will result in a positive ripple effect for the environment and for sustainable operations, whilst a focus on the health and welfare of the fish throughout their life cycle is imperative for profitability and the quality of the product.
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Good Opportunities for Personal Development
“Cflow is an attractive working environment with good opportunities for career development,” explains Cato Dybvik who is a senior service engineer within automation. “Anyone ambitious to rise up the ranks and who is willing to put in the work to achieve this, will have ample opportunity to do so.”
“I am currently working on several overseas projects,” Dybvik goes on. “My working days are varied and exciting. Even if our products and systems remain the same, Cflow puts in a lot of work to tailor solutions to the various projects. We make specific modifications for every single project dependent on the wishes and requirements of the end user.”
Cato Dybvik trained as an automation technician, specialising in automation at upper secondary school. He has now been employed by Cflow for five years, initially spending a few months in the production department before he started travelling. Now he works on the start-up of new plant and the follow up work of building at the shipyard where Cflow equipment is to be installed.”
Tailor-Made Systems Based on Client Requirements
“It is important to be physically present to maintain quality control, ensuring that the installation is correctly carried out according to Cflow diagrams,” Dybvik continues. “We also monitor the plant, calibrate and test the equipment. In this way, we play a part in the project right up until it is delivered to the end user. We also train the crew on board and are present at the first run through with fish, so that we can make any necessary adjustments before the final hand over.”
“Following a project from the first signing of the contract to the final hand over is very special. I have been part of a series of projects in Turkey for two years, and have been allowed to be involved with planning the final configuration of the vessels, shaping our system, designing the electrical specifications and programming our system on that basis. Working closely with the client, we map out what they would like to include in the system.”
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Technological developments greatly influence Cflow product development. Cflow Synergy Log, our cloud-based surveillance log, has given Cflow a unique international position.
“From the land, both the client and Cflow’s automation department can check on the system at any particular time,” Dybvik explains. “It is extremely beneficial for the client to be able to follow and log such factors as water quality, the operation time of the equipment and the positions of the vents, which is of great importance on most vessels. In this way we can also map service requirements and implement troubleshooting.”
“We developed the new logging system after the Norwegian FSA issued new requirements for well boats and seiners,” Dybvik continues. “This also contributes positively to the welfare of the fish and preserves the values of the client.”
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Working on Overseas Projects
“There are many advantages to working on overseas projects,” Dybvik tells us. “We are a close-knit bunch and often travel together in a team. The team travelling on the same project have backgrounds in both automation and mechanics. This cross disciplinary aspect makes the work significantly more efficient as we have a variety of skills working on the same project.”
“At present, we travel with extra staff on every project, so that we can train up new employees,” Dybvik continues. “All new employees in such positions become part of a team in order to gain sufficient training and experience before possibly travelling alone or in pairs at a later stage.”
“Experiencing other cultures and seeing how things are done differently in other countries and parts of the world is both interesting and informative,” Dybvik concludes. “You also have to have be able to meet the challenges posed by climate and cultural differences.”
This article is written by: Hilde Hurlen Jan 23, 2020 8:43:58 AM
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