“Ideas man and innovation driver at Greif-Velox“
Benjamin John has been Director of Engineering at Greif-Velox for three years.
Backed by a team he knows he can count on, he tackles innovations, risk assessments and quality assurance on a daily basis. He reveals what he loves most about the job in a short interview.
What is your job at Greif-Velox?
Benjamin John: I'm responsible for engineering – along with everything that entails: mechanics, hardware, software, documentation, standards and systems planning. Among other things that means monitoring project timeframes and budgets and of course assuring quality. One way we keep on top of this is by continuously developing, planning and updating our work based on current standards, which we coordinate closely with other Greif-Velox divisions, such as Sales. I am also in charge of risk assessment – known as FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) – before taking on a project and throughout its course, plus I work on continuously improving process productivity – both in projects and design.
In short: I am an ideas man and someone that drives innovation in the development of systems, functions and assemblies.
What motivates you in your work?
Benjamin John: Above all else I appreciate the great team which you can rely on 100%. No matter how far-fetched the customer requirement, we are up for all opportunities and challenges and face them together – to keep getting better every time. We definitely have our sights set on becoming the best in our field.
What do you like most about the company?
Benjamin John: The best thing is the freedom and the chance to keep developing the company and its machines to make them world class. With verified, tested new developments that have been meticulously designed right down to the last detail, we have the ability to innovate very quickly – and keep setting industry benchmarks as a result.
Where our innovations are born:
"Design and Realisation" is one of the four main divisions at Greif-Velox, where engineers work hand in hand with designers to develop standard or special filling system solutions alongside bespoke bagging machines and mechanics. Together with the "Research and Development" division, the team regularly comes up with ground-breaking innovations – and in doing so drives digitalisation and industry 4.0.