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Eliminate a facility’s costs through process optimization

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

 

Eliminate a facility’s costs through process optimization
One of the best ways to reduce a facility’s costs is through process optimization, which allows a company to get a better sense of the big picture and make adjustments.
Todd Allsup, Stellar
02/14/2017
With a new year comes a fresh start, and for some business owners that may mean a budget reboot. Perhaps the 2017 resolution is to cut costs at the facility—but where? There are a lot of areas to consider and one of the best ways to eliminate unnecessary costs is to optimize your processes.
Manual vs. automated
What aspects of the facility involve manual intervention? What processes are completely automated? Keep in mind, automating doesn’t always equal improving. Just because a process can be automated doesn’t mean it should. In some cases, manual processes can be bettered without automation. For instance, an additional work shift may solve an efficiency problem more effectively than new equipment, and in some cases, it may even be more cost-effective.
Of course, determining what processes should be automated varies from plant to plant and depends on the plant’s return on investment (ROI) goals. Analyzing the extent of automation in your facility is a great place to start when looking for opportunities to improve efficiency.
Free up traffic patterns
No one likes sitting in rush hour traffic on the way to work. Meanwhile, congestion may be tying up your facility and your output-and that’s even worse.
Determine where these backups are occurring and whether they’re in the form of people, equipment or product. Some traffic inefficiencies can be attributed to habit, such as “shortcuts” to different parts of your facility. Others may have evolved over time, such as forklift paths that no longer make sense for your current configuration.
Find the sweet spot between ROI and shelf life
Can you facilitate a longer shelf life for your products by optimizing packaging? Obviously, the longer a product can sit on a shelf, the larger the ROI, but this can be a delicate balance. This direct relationship relies, to some extent, on packaging. Different packaging materials have various effects on the food they contain.
For example, a bag with holes will have faster degradation with exposure to the atmosphere. One way to keep bagged food fresh is with scaff flushing, or filling a bag with gas.  Think outside of the box. Or the bag.
Analyze changeover capabilities
It seems that now more than ever, consumer preferences change frequently. They crave more variety, and for your processing, that translates to quick changeovers.
Of course, flexibility costs money, so the key is being flexible enough without spending too much capital. Determine what processes are mandatory to your plant’s operations and to keeping it profitable, then weigh your flexibility capacity against your operations. Assessing these factors and other data can help optimize process schedules to allow for greater flexibility in changeovers.
Look at the big picture 
As a plant owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the details. When trying to optimize processes in the past, the owner may have been focusing on one little piec, such as a changeover. Plant owners can identify the best areas of opportunity and optimization if they start by looking at the entire process portfolio.
A facility assessment allows companies to take a step back and evaluate the processes that make up your plant’s hectic day-to-day-as a whole-and then dive into the details. By looking at the big picture and then narrowing in, a third-party assessment team can catch all opportunities for improved efficiency.

Todd Allsup is the vice president of food and beverage facilities at Stellar. This article originally appeared on Stellar Food for Thought. Stellar is a CFE Media content partner.

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Sunday, February 19th, 2017

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Friday, February 17th, 2017

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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Product Spotlight – Lab Tables

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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Four preventive maintenance mistakes to avoid

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Four preventive maintenance mistakes to avoid
When building a preventive maintenance (PM) program, it’s important to ensure the new program represents an improvement over the reactive maintenance it’s replacing and that it includes the necessary supportive back-end systems and processes to ensure the program is efficient.
Smartware Group
02/08/2017

When building a preventive maintenance (PM) program, it’s important to ensure the new program represents an improvement over the reactive maintenance it’s replacing. That means ensuring the promised benefits of preventive activity come to pass. Facilities turn to PM for a number of reasons such as reducing downtime and cutting related expenses. If they have the right technological solutions and organizational priorities, there’s no reason they can’t achieve these ends. However, if they don’t include the supportive back-end systems and processes, the expected efficiency may never materialize.
Staying the course
When organizations launch PM plans, it’s worth taking a moment to steer clear of common traps that so many maintenance teams fall prey to. Catching errors as soon as they occur is a worthwhile habit to be in because it’s easier it to correct them before they become an ingrained habit.
Companies should watch for these four potential mistakes that could derail a PM strategy from realizing its potential:
Underutilizing technology: Even organizations on the cutting edge of Industrie 4.0 are susceptible to using only a portion of the capabilities of their computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) or enterprise asset management (EAM). At the rapid pace of development today, it can be difficult for organizations that don’t prioritize training or consulting services to maximize system usage. Keep up to speed on the preventive maintenance module of a maintenance system on a regular basis. If this isn’t being done, there may be an opportunity for strong improvement.
Completing PMs prior to or past due dates: Teams that are trying to get ahead of workloads may think it’s a proactive idea to close out PMs before they’re actually due-and, as tempting as this may be, it defeats the purpose of the PM. The same rule applies to teams scrambling to complete a PM past its due date. Regardless of labor availability, it’s critical to the success of the PM program to ensure that PMs occur when they’re supposed to, at all times.
Setting up correct user roles and access: Setting clear user roles to dictate user types and access to particular CMMS areas is often carried out during the consulting engagement of a maintenance software implementation. Processes change, personnel move on/get promoted/are hired, and the vision of user access and roles tends to fall by the wayside as implementation memories fade. It’s a good practice to cross-check processes with actual user setup in the CMMS: if PMs are to be created by maintenance only, are other users excluded from this capability? Periodic reviews of user roles can prevent circumvention of intended processes and avoid expensive mistakes. Taking extra care to include clear-cut notes, steps in a correct order, and related documentation and media helps lay the foundation for easier and more accurate PM training and execution.
Listing unclear tasks/steps: PMs that lack specific steps or descriptions raise the probability for error. New technicians or external contractors can require additional assistance to navigate vague tasks, absorbing time from one or more staffers as well as additional downtime. Even if there’s been little turnover within the team, misinterpretations can still occur. Taking extra care to include clear-cut notes, steps in a correct order, and related documentation and media can help lay the foundation for easier and more accurate PM training and execution.
Reaping the rewards
These familiar mistakes can apply to both teams new to preventive maintenance as well as experienced PM practitioners-complacency can sometimes be just as dangerous as unfamiliarity. But by building and carrying out appropriate processes, combined with support from a modern CMMS with strong PM functionality, maintenance professionals can sidestep these blunders and others. As a result, PM programs can effectively produce tangible returns in the form of decreased downtime, extended asset life, and greater productivity.
– This article originally appeared on Smartware Group’s blog. Smartware Group is a CFE Media content partner.

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Heavy Duty Steel Security Carts – Built Tough Inventory Blowout

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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