Are many manufacturers kidding themselves? Do they believe those magic numbers that pop up in their dashboards give them the real process performance story? Doesn’t that single value tell the complete tale?
Consider the lowly Class III recall. While overshadowed by the headline-grabbing, health-threatening Class I variety, the economic damage to your operations is anything but lowly.
On May 8, 2012 the State of Wisconsin announced that a large, big-brand processor paid the state $36,908.50 for 24 short-weight packages of franks and lunch meat – that’s $3075.71 per package!
Lagniappe may be a time honored tradition in New Orleans, but “give-away” (aka product overfill) is a major cost for food and other packaged consumer goods. Manufacturers are whipsawed between the economic drive to reduce package overfill and the risks of non-compliance with regulatory MAV standards and commercial contract specifications.
Process and Quality Management departments possess the competence to manage and improve their manufacturing processes, reduce costs and increase yields. However, they are often unprepared when it comes to demonstrating Return on Investment (ROI) to management whether selling a new project or funding ongoing quality management operations.
The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) developed the recently released report “The Implementing 21stCentury Smart Manufacturing” to establish a roadmap and set priorities for modernizing US manufacturing with digital information and automation technology. The report discusses the needs for 21stcentury automation, data acquisition, management, analytics and reporting.
Wendy Armel and Dan Engelhard of Stone Technologies presented the webinar "Improving Packaging Line Performance with OEE and SPC". During the presentation Wendy explained in detail:
What is OEE and how is it applied to machinery and line management
The benefits of real-time OEE data systems
The benefits of applying SPC to automated OEE systems and driving operational performance
The NWA tag line “Manufacturing intelligence for faster, more confident decision making to improve profitability” defines the role of analytics and reporting in world class manufacturing. Coupled with analytics, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) become much more effective management tools.
Reliable Plant Online recently reprised an earlier article, Why Trending is important to PdM. The author, Mark Latino, presented a case study which described how a maintenance technician used data trending to prove that a machine needed preventative maintenance intervention.
Food processors are facing a perfect storm of regulatory and commercial requirements such as ISO22000, the Global Food Safety Initiative and the Food Safety Modernization Act. These all demand a competent Food Safety Management System (FSMS) which incorporates HACCP principles. To be compliant, the FSMS needs to have the combined capabilities of a track/trace system, compliance management and a Quality Information System such as NWA QIS.