Don’t Leave Your Money on the Scale

Date: 
March 19, 2012

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.

The solution to this problem is simple: minimize give-away and maximize profit by reducing fill variation and moving the fill target as close as possible to the lower spec limit. The article “The Cost Implications of Improving Fill Weight Control” details the SPC-based improvement process and how you can model cost savings for your project justification. 

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