I will write about my experiences during my 4 months internship with Sika Limited in Welwyn Garden City. Through this internship I got insight into the concrete business unit and the huge Sika product range with the application of these products.
Especially, I learned a lot about waterproofing products and their application, such as the Cavity Drain System, Sika Waterbars, SikaPlan and SikaProof A membranes. During different construction site visits in and around London I saw the application of Sika Watertight concrete and Sika Waterbars, as well as SikaProof A membranes for basements and a waste treatment plant. Another interesting site visit was a Spinor-Micro fine Cement job at a dam in South-West England. As the dam is suffering from leakage, they will form a new watertight curtain beneath the dam with injections.
Beside the site visits I had the opportunity to visit precast factories to see another application area for Sika admixtures. The factories were specialized in shaft and tunnel segments, drainage products, concrete fencing posts and panels, stairs, T-beams and hollowcores. They use Sika admixtures for self-compacting concrete, for a concrete with a better workability, for good early high-strength properties and an air entraining admixture.
I also gained insight into the cement production and therefore the use of cement additives for special binders. At a cement work we had to carry out trials with the additive SikaGrind, a liquid cement additive that has been specifically formulated to increase the grinding efficiency and flowability of cement. It was quite impressive to see a cement work with two big kilns, the cement mills and the tall tower with the raw material silos.
I spent some days in the concrete lab as well. During carrying out some trials, I could experience the influence of different admixtures to the resulting concrete. I did slump and flow tests for different admixture concentrations to investigate the changing of workability over time.
In addition to the many site and factory visits I had the chance to attend some training courses in the Sika Training Academy. I took part in the fibre training course, the 2-day welding training for SikaPlan membranes and a one day training for car park flooring. In these trainings, meant for contractors, they demonstrate the proper application of different Sika products.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the highlights of my time as an intern at Sika Limited and I want to say Thanks to everyone who has contributed to make this internship special and unique for me!
Hey! This is my 1st post, I’ve working for Sika for almost 6 months as an intern now, it has been so much fun and really interesting.
My job is to assist the social media department,we are an area inside Marketing department, we are in charge of Sika’s Facebook, Twitter and Yotube accounts, we answer doubts, we asses the users so they can buy the right Sika product, and we inform about new products or how to apply the products correctly, we also publish information about the prescence of Sika in some buildings around the world and Mexico of course.
I have to visit the building site and ask the workers about their experience with Sika, then I take some pictures or record the interview, I arrive to the office and write about it or edit the video so we can upload it to Facebook. It’s real fun!
I really enjoy taking pictures, and is great to see your work on the web, specially, when people like it or make comments about it!
I’ve visited several buldings now,but my job has now change a bit, because I’m editing videos like tutorials about Sika products, last August I helped editing and animating a video for the new Facebook page for Sikaman, you can find it on youtube! It was a big challenge for me because I edited it in a software that I’ve never used and I am not like an expert or something, but everybody liked it and I really enjoyed learning.
Now, I’m working on more videos to upload to Youtube, so we can have material for one more social media for Sika.
I’ll write all about it and more of my work soon! hope you like reading about it!
I will write about my experiences gathered during the past 5 months in Sika Japan. The internship will be one year in total and started on the 1st march. At the end of my master thesis I asked Barbara Jucker, head of R&D Japan, about the possibilities of working in Japan. I was offered a choice of places to apply for and finally got the place in her department, doubling the amount of Swiss in Hiratsuka. Hey everyone,
The first 4 months I was working for the automotive department and developing/adjusting expansive rubber baffles, used for dampening vibration and isolating car chases. Apart from daily business work I was given my first formulation adjustment project. It was fascinating because it evolved directly around the real factory problematic. After that I worked on a feasibility study for the next generation product. It was very challenging since no one had done this type of work before. At the end of my 4 months, after finally getting a hang of the sampling and testing of this product, my time at automotive was already over
The social part of the work was on par with the rest. I was warmly welcomed by everyone and even got a slightly delayed welcome party. Fortunately, most of the R&D people are fluent in English which is not a matter of course in Japan. Apart from tourist places it is rather difficult to communicate with spoken language, but luckily the restaurants have plastic copies of their dishes, saving anyone from starvation. In April (the traditional beginning of the work/school year in Japan) five new freshmen, all around my age, joined Sika. Two of them came to the R&D department. Together we established the Friday night knock off gathering where we youngsters get together for food and drinks.
For now that’s all, next time I will add some photos and talk about my work in the concrete department
Hello Sika Experience! This is my 5th post, finally! I’m glad to tell you that I’ll be working in the Promotion department (in marketing). This new assignment will consist in support the release of new products on to the market.
On other topic, this year we started as always with a Kick-Off event. All Sika employees spent a nice weekend in San Miguel Regla, in the state of Hidalgo (Mexico) doing many activities and learning our goals for the year.
Recently we had another event, the visit of the CEO from Switzerland, he showed us the goals he has planned for Sika and how we had been doing, the goals for Mexico and of course he is going to support us to become one of the best Sika in the world. At the same time we inaugurated Pan de Vida’s new bleachers for their American Football field. Pan de Vida is an orphanage which Sika helps with construction of the buildings that the orphanage needs. To help them is our mission and social commitment.
You wouldn’t know from looking at the building’s façade, but 100 Dan Road in Canton, MA holds more than just Sika Sarnafil’s corporate offices. This address is also home to the company’s 85,000 square foot manufacturing facility! The factory runs 24 hours a day, 5 days a week (7 during the busy months) in order to supply the membrane used in projects all over North America. This week I was lucky enough to get a tour “out back” for a closer look at how Sika Sarnafil’s world renowned roofing and waterproofing membrane is made.
Assistant Manufacturing Process Engineer, Jason Murray, guided me through each stage of the process, from powdery vinyl resin (it looks like sugar!), to rolled sheets of recognizable membrane. Walking onto the manufacturing floor, I was greeted by the towering M-48; the “Green Mile”. This machine was first brought to the U.S. from Switzerland in 1978 and is still in use today. No point messing with a process that works right? Around the right hand corner of the facility, stretches the M-61. The M-61 is an automated machine that runs all Sika Sarnafil EnergySmart and Sikaplan products in widths of up to 10 feet. With the ability to produce 1 roll of membrane (50-150ft) within 3 minutes, this thing is a membrane making monster.
Although I was surrounded by huge machinery, it was a relatively small thing that caught my eye. Beside the M-61 was a box of scraps from the membrane edge cutting. Peering into the deep box, I saw what looked like Christmas bows! I was intrigued by how something so industrial could, at the same time, look so delicate. As I stopped to look at the long ribbon-like strips, Jason informed me that all of these scraps would be recycled in their on-sight recycling plant. I thought, “This is SO COOL!” but didn’t want to let on that I’m a huge recycling nerd. So instead I listened as Jason continued to explain the recycling process.
Using a high powered roller, the material is fed into the first of three grinders where it is chopped into progressively smaller pieces. The grating is so fine that it separates the PVC from the polyester backing. Using wind and gravity, the PVC falls down through the chute and into a large bin. The lighter polyester fluff is carried upward through a chute to a separate storage space, where it is then sent to waste energy facilities for fuel use. The PVC regrind is once again melted down to be used in the membrane backing.
Each year, the recycling plant at 100 Dan Road consumes an average of 5 million lbs. (over 2.2 million kg) of recyclable material. “We are the only roofing manufacturer certified by UL Environmental for 10% recycle content contained in our membrane,” Jason informed. “I’m hoping that 2012 finishes with 4.5 million square feet of post-consumer roofing recycled. That would bring the total number to 15 million square feet recycled since the start of the program in 2006.” That’s the equivalent to 76 and a half football fields of material being saved from landfills each year! And the work here has not gone unnoticed. The recycling program has been recognized by the State of Massachusetts, Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) for their efforts. As well as the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) who awarded them the Plastics Recycling Technologies and Applications Award in 2011.
I guess being a recycling nerd is cool after all…
Hello to everyone from New Jersey!
Here at Sika, we are always trying to improve our products and our data sheets for the customer. This week’s project was with Sikafloor 1610 which is under our Industrial Flooring division. Our task was to test the workability, penetration ability, and how well it sealed off the concrete pores. Product manager Harald Sturm, intern Julio Pecho and I were trying different application procedures to find the best format to go with. We found two different locations to do the testing which was a conrete slab located outside one of the doors leading into the factory and a concrete sidewalk beside the Technical Services lab here at Lyndhurst. After the Concrete slabs were prepared by grinding and being cleaned, we applied Sikafloor 1610 which is a moisture tolerant primer. Sikafloor 1610 was applied in 2 layers, both applied by using a rubber squeegee and back rolled with a medium nap chemical resistant roller after 30 minutes. After the primer had cured, we applied Sikafloor 300N and flakes were later broadcasted. Sikafloor 300N is a polyurethane and it is UV resistant. Sikafloor 300N is part of the Sika comfort and decor flooring systems. We had seen blistering going on in certain locations because of moisture that was on top of the Sikafloor 1610 primer. This could of been caused by someone stepping on top of the primer with wet shoes but other than this, much was learned about applying the primer. It was a very succesful test!
Here are some pictures of the floor:
Captain Vinyl spreading the contest news.
Today marks the second week of Sika Sarnafil USA’s Virtual Scavenger Hunt Contest!
The contest is being held over four weeks with four scavenger hunts on four different roofing topics. Each hunt is open for one week. Participants are given a roofing clue/question that will help lead them to the “treasure” or answer. Once the “treasure” is located, participants submit their answer via our social media platforms. The first three people to submit the correct answer win a Kindle Touch! The goal of the contest is to encourage as many professionals within construction, engineering, architecture, and roofing industries to learn about our products by way of social media.
I have been working with Tracy, our Senior Marketing Specialist, to build up our Facebook and Twitter pages by reaching out to contractors and clients using these outlets. Within the past month and a half, our following on Facebook and Twitter has quadrupled! It’s exciting to see how fast the fan base has grown and hopefully will continue to grow within the next three weeks of the contest.
For info and updates on the contest, check out the Facebook page here http://a.pgtb.me/WJ9l0k
or follow us on twitter @SikaSarnafilUSA
Two days have passed since Hurricane Sandy hit the US East Coast. Power outages and major flooding extend along the coastlines of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Yet countless other states have also been greatly affected. Luckily Sika Sarnafil in Canton, MA was not too shaken by the storm. We closed at noon on Monday, before the worst of the wind and heavy rain, and were back up and running by Tuesday morning. Although the Boston area experienced power outages and flooding in coastal towns, we fared comparatively well to our friends in New York and New Jersey. Below is a collection of pictures posted by friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram showing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. All of the photos here are real and have been contributed voluntarily. We wish all of those affected to stay safe. You are in our thoughts!
I am working as an intern for Sika Switzerland AG in Zurich for one year now. As trainee in the marketing and technique department, I got the chance to look into various areas of the company and I learned a lot during that time. My internship included a visit of a major customer of Sika Industry, Stadler Rail AG in Winterthur, production tours in Zurich and in the Sika Sarnafil AG in Sarnen. Moreover, I had the possibility to follow experiments at Hagerbach gallery or at the Richi concrete factory in Weiningen. The visit at the Hagerbach gallery was very fascinating and I was even allowed to operate with the large shotcrete machine Sika®-PM 500. That was impressive! Employees of Sika Technology AG gave me insight into the world of research in such a large company and they showed me the labs and some experiments with products from Sika.
During the last months, I wrote my final master thesis at Sika and I was able to implement my own ideas and imaginations. The collaboration with the University of Zurich and the Sika Switzerland AG went smoothly, which finally led to a pleasant result.
Working in a very open and friendly team was real fun. Different product engineers in my department have introduced me into their product fields. Therefore I was able to learn a lot about the products and the marketing of Sika. All those experiences gave me a very interesting and informative introduction to my professional life. I would repeat it at any time!