Manufacturers' Monthly June 2014

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PHILIP WYSOCKI FROM ANCA Philip Wysocki works at ANCA’s Melbourne head office as an electrical systems engineer and project manager. Still in his twenties, he came first in Mechatronics and was on the Dean Scholars List in his second and third year before joining ANCA. ANCA, itself the overall Endeavour Awards Manufacturer of The Year winner in 2013, describes Wysocki as an inspirational employee, always willing to help others, and one who does whatever it takes to deliver on projects he is managing. Did he receive any mentoring? “Pat, the co-founder, both the Pats actually [founders Boland and McCluskey], they built ANCA up themselves, and they actually both mentored me in terms of electrical system design and the grinding machines themselves,” explained Wysocki after receiving the award. The founders at Bayswater’s ANCA, which exports almost all of what it makes, shared their expertise with the talented young engineer, who now manages his own projects. “So [the Pats] and other senior engineers were all mentors for me.” Wysocki is a team player and he often implements innovative ideas that improve how ANCA develops new products, says the company. From the start of his career at the machine tools and software specialist, Wysocki has excelled, and came to ANCA with first class honours in his Bachelor of Engineering (Scholars) Degree, Mechatronics Engineering, from the University of Wollongong. Wysocki has delivered on all the projects he has undertaken and provided the company with significant cost savings and quality improvements. He implemented new software and processes that significantly improved the development of new products in his section. He is currently project managing an important new product that is anticipates to be very successful. Wysocki is ANCA’s specialist in

motor design – all motor related issues are directed to him. His projects vary and have included projects where cost saving was the goal, where quality issues needed to be solved and his latest project, the development of a major new component for ANCA tool grinders – Linear Motors. “It’s a new type of motor development we’re doing at ANCA,” explained Wysocki. “So we won’t actually manufacture it in-house. Generally a lot of the motors we manufacture are overseas. “So we want to bring the new technology in-house, make our machines more competitive against other companies in CNC grinding manufacturing engineering.” For his latest project 4 key people are involved and he also manages the interaction between departments of about 15 others, including quality, marketing, production, manufacturing and engineering. He is also required to liaise with ANCA branches, external suppliers, customers and university researchers. The job involves managing

Judges’ Comments “Still in his mid-twenties, Philip Wysocki has played a key role in several challenging projects and demonstrated keen problem solving, engineering management skills that have served his employer, ANCA, well over the past three years.” the project from end-to-end including the design specifications, prototypes, testing, manufacturing, release, service support and initial field analysis. There’s also a great deal of market and product research, new product selection and design, collaboration, investigation of technical issues, system integration, and creation of

The Young Manufacturer of the Year Award presented to Philip Wysocki from ANCA (left) by Martin Sinclair of Cirrus Media. engineering specifications. Wysocki’s job requires a very high level of product knowledge to enable him to manage the projects he does. It helps him to solve the quality and technical issues he is given and to ensure new components he has designed are the most innovative possible for ANCA tool grinders. “We’re going to create an entire new manufacturing assembly line at ANCA for Australian manufacturing that will give us a competitive edge,” he said. “So it’s a new type of motor development that we’re going to implement into our CNC grinding machines.” Wysocki’s job involves the establishment of a project plan, milestones and deliverables. He then provides the leadership, time management and people skills to ensure these are all delivered on time and budget. This process includes monitoring and controlling project risks, ensuring quality standards are met and submitting ideas that continually improve our processes and products to make them both more innovative and cost-effective.

ANCA is a global market-leading manufacturer of CNC tool grinders and the only one in Australia. ANCA exports 99% of its products and has achieved success through innovation and a commitment to research and development. The company’s strength is its versatile, precise and user-friendly machines. It celebrates its 40th year this year and serves industries including automotive, tool manufacturers, aerospace, medical and electronics. Does the young mechatronics virtuoso have any advice for those considering a career in what he’s doing? What would he tell them? “It’s hands-on, so whatever you think you can possibly do, most of the time there are possibilities of actually developing it,” he offered. “And it’s a matter of sticking to your goals. And if you see something that you think is possible, try and achieve it, get mentoring from other people, get their opinion, and just keep going forward. ANCA 03 9751 8200 Manufacturers’ Monthly JUNE 2014 37

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