Techenomics have put together a ‘Leaders Series’ which is a range of interviews with Techenomics many leaders in Condition Monitoring. We hope the interviews and help you gain a greater in depth understanding of condition monitoring and get to know our staff better.
"It’s highly pleasing that we are able to announce that since this interview Eka has accepted a new position in Techenomics International, she is now our group Manager Technology and Product Development and will manage our quality control, product development, research programmes, new testing and laboratory equipment. After reading her interview with Siti I'm sure you will agree that her skills and experience make her well suited to the position. Siti has also agreed to take on the added responsibility of managing our digital strategy which covers a wide range of activities from our technical maintenance management software programme, Blue Oceans through to our on-line presence. I hope you find the interview with Eka timely and informing." - Chris Adsett, Executive Director of Techenomics.
Following is the second interview in the ‘Leader Series’:
Interview With: Eka Karmila, Chief Chemist, PT. Tekenomiks Indonesia
How long have you worked at Techenomics?
I have been working for Techenomics since September 1999, so that’s 14 years
What is your position at Techenomics?
What does this involve you doing?
I am responsible for supervising the work process in the lab, helping the lab team, developing the lab in accordance with market needs, ensuring development methods used are as per customer request and I deal directly with the accreditation team to ensure we run the laboratory in accordance with ISO 17025.
What is the most interesting project you have worked on?
I actually graduated from university as a chemical engineer, but my passion was always to be a chemist. I understood the process of how to prepare and develop a lab and I was thrilled when Techenomics, for the first time had a plan for accreditation. I volunteered to prepare all the documents needed and I gained many new skills and experiences over the course of this process and in 2011 Techenomics gained their certificate ISO 17025.
I think the knowledge and experience gained from this experience has been very meaningful for me as now acridity for ISO 17025 is a big issue for laboratories all over the world.
Techenomics also has many branches in other countries and I enjoy helping in the development of the new laboratories and I get the experience of collaborating with new people in other countries and learning new things
What is your favourite thing about your job?
The people I worked with! We have a very friendly and fun atmosphere at work and I actually enjoy going to work each morning. The leadership team is also great, they know all of their employees on a first name basis and try to make personal connections. I also think it’s very good that the office does a community outreach with local organisations.
I have found my passion here at Techenomics and with my basic education, knowledge, experience and support from the company I have really developed the confidence to do my job well and also help with the development of this company.
I also love how as a chief, you need to grow and increase your knowledge everyday because people will come to you with questions and you have to be the person who can help. I really love my job, maybe I will try another position in the future but currently this is the best job I have ever had.
Have you faced any challenges in your role with Techenomics?
Yes, sometimes to build a good team is not easy so I always need to be a friendly and it can also be challenging accepting new amendments.
How do you think your ability can help the company to grow in the future?
I am very confident that I can help this company grow. I have so many ideas, really believe in team work and being a good team leader and I love my job. Many people are smart, but do not love what they do, so they aren’t good at their job. I love my job and strive everyday to be good at it.
Last but not least, what is your aim for the company?
My aim is for Techenomics to truly become a leader in the field of oil analysis. We have a lot of potential that we have not yet developed and our competitors can’t wait to see what we will do next. I also hope the company keeps building management teams rather than individual virtues.
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Techenomics has distributed specialty lubricants to the mining industry throughout Australia and Indonesia for more than 20 years with the business steadily growing into other parts of the world. In 1988, Techenomics introduced proactive condition monitoring and fluid management services.
Today, Techenomics focuses on its Total Fluid Management Services (TFMS), operating ISO 9001 accredited laboratories and consulting services. These laboratories all conduct lubricant analysis on used oils and greases, and analysis of wear debris. TFMS is operated by site-based teams who establish and maintain condition monitoring programs, and manage the total lubricant cycle at the clients’ facilities.
Techenomics’ consulting services focus on tribology; lubrication practices, product application, component wear, lubrication management and training programs. Its engineers design and builds unique solutions to improve component life. Its training programs are not generic programs, they are custom developed for clients and aim to eliminate customers’ specific problems and are always results-orientated. These consulting services are often used in continuous improvement programs.
Techenomics’ lubrication and fuel services reduce maintenance costs for mobile and fixed plant equipment, irrespective of the industry.