Scott-Grant’s experience in the food and drink sector
Here are some recent examples of how we’ve helped businesses in the food and drink sector.
Food manufacturing lines were being stopped because, it was thought the very sophisticated palletisers were causing output and cost issues, significant food wastage and unbudgeted manual intervention to respond to the problem. Scott-Grant Industrial Engineers identified that in fact the palletisers were the effect, not the cause of the problem. Faulty settings on certain packing equipment, poorly maintained switching and lane changing devices were resulting in poor presentation and input at the palletisers. The ‘end of line’ team was reduced and re-positioned to address problems prior to palletising. Machine settings and packaging tolerances were improved, food manufacturing lines restored to optimum production – and the palletisers were ‘off the hook’!
A food processing and packing company was looking for 12.5% additional capacity with no added cost – so they came to Scott-Grant. Our input of four consecutive days resulted in identifying reasons for stoppages (ca 15-20% for each shift). Several changes were made including process settings and timings, product size and weight adjustments and addressing off-spec packaging issues. Line staffing was reduced by 9% as there was now no need to re-work and remove as much waste. They actually achieved 16% additional capacity; almost 10% of that 16% didn’t incur additional food cost as waste had been reduced.