Last August Zotefoams recruited three students to join the T-FIT® and lab team as part of their one-year student placement. The aim of the programme is to provide broad business experience and the insight to help take the right step into a permanent role on graduation.
This is Jacob’s story:
- How are you finding your experience at Zotefoams and working on T-FIT®?
I’m really enjoying it. It is useful to gain experience working on process development projects in a technical environment where your work will influence future projects. There is a lot of responsibility, but you also have the freedom to test your own ideas,
for example, how to improve the manufacturing process for the tubes.
- What have you learnt?
I have learnt to be adaptable to the needs of the business, which can change at a moment’s notice in response to a customer request. I have also learnt a lot about the materials we work with, why some may be more suitable in certain environments than others, and how to overcome issues related to manufacturing the tubes. I have been involved in method optimisation which has taught me a lot about the process of developing a method and constantly improving upon previous work.
- What do you enjoy most?
I enjoy the development side of T-FIT®. Every time we look at moulding new materials, we identify what conditions work best for that specific foam and what the optimum
thickness is. The processes of getting to the point where we can say we have identified the best conditions is what I enjoy the most.
- Which brands have you been working on? Clean, Process or Hygiene?
I have been involved with all three brands. The brand I have worked mostly on has been T-FIT® Hygiene, but I have also spent time looking at potential future products.
- What challenges did you face when working on T-FIT®?
I’ve been looking at a project to optimise internal diameters of the thicker tubes, which are naturally more difficult to mould than thinner ones. My focus has been on ensuring good closure of the thicker tubes.
- What are your future plans?
I intend to undertake a PhD in either Environmental Chemistry, or Soft Matter and Polymer Science within the next year or two.