What is the job of a setter within the Rotarex Group?
The job of the setter consists of the development of a production on various types of machining machines: the setter applies the work methodology for the part requested, by adjusting the machine, its tools and its program. His role is to bring the product into conformity (in accordance with the part drawings) to start the production of a reference corresponding to a customer order. He is involved in the start of a series (DMS), as well as the 3D control.
In other words, the setter ensures the production of a manufacturing order by respecting the work method and the high level of quality required. This involves, among other things, the assembly of cutting tools, the quality control of parts the identification of any malfunctioning at the production level, preventive maintenance, etc. Most Rotarex set-up personnel must be able to understand, write and correct CNC programs as needed.
What is the «typical profile» of a setter?
A setter must have knowledge of machining (turning or milling) and basic knowledge of numerical control bases (e.g. SIEMENS; FANUC).
A good setter is methodical and rigorous. He provides the operator with a stable machine that produces a good part. In case of problems, he is the first person to help the production operator. He knows how to correct a machining dimension (obtained on the part by material removal), change a tool following premature wear, or rectify any problem during the production process.
In case of need of support, during more exceptional production hazards, the Process and Methods teams intervene.
How does the «field» training of a setter joining Rotarex take place?
Each of the setter’s tasks is identified and accompanied by a trainer who grades them on 3 levels of autonomy. Rotarex offers a career plan to every setter, notably through its «Rotarex Academy», which allows for learning and development in the profession through well-structured support.
A setter is trained in several stages on the different machine islands. A senior setter can then train an operator/setter himself (tutoring). To work autonomously on a family of machines, a setter must have on average 1 to 3 years experience, or 2 to 5 years experience for more complex machines.
Depending on the level of knowledge and experience, the job title evolves: Junior Setter - Setter - Senior Setter. The Senior Setter masters 100% of his role. He/she knows how to pass on his or her knowledge. This requires at least 5 years of experience within the company. There are also setters who are responsible for a group of machines in terms of organization and achievement of objectives. They
report directly to the team leaders.
Rotarex is also looking to evolve teaching methods by defining a roadmap with its partners to address the needs of the industry of today and tomorrow (Industry 4.0).
Composition of the different B.U. in terms of setters
All levels combined, SELFA has about 30 setters, LUMEC 25 setters, and LUDEC 12 tuners. On the whole of the BU, there are approximately 5-6 positions of setters currently open.
The human skills that are essential for any good setter
A good setter must be a team player to accompany the operators and guarantee the smooth running of the production process. Pedagogy is essential because he must be able to transmit his knowledge to the less experienced. On the other hand, he/she must be able to make proposals and be creative when it comes to participating in continuous improvement or launching a new manufacturing process.
The presence of Rotarex setters and their daily interactions.
The setters interact with all their respective teams as well as with all the company’s R&D teams. They are mainly the intermediary between the operator and the team leader. They interact regularly with the Quality department to guarantee the level of excellence expected by our customers.
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