Scott-Grant’s experience in the process sector
Here are some recent examples of how we’ve helped businesses in the process sector.
Responding to increasing market demand meant that a company operating a very high speed converting and packing process was active 24/7 but still falling short on demand. It was acknowledged that the process wasn’t particularly effective, with OEE around 50%. An intensive, continuous monitoring study by experienced Industrial Engineers set about recording all downtime and reasons for stoppage, which produced some extremely useful information. The process didn’t run for more than 10 minutes without stopping. Over 100 reasons for stoppage were observed and then categorised into equipment, people and materials groups. Shortly after the study a change of material was introduced and the OEE increased by 60% to 80. Still considerable downtime, but a huge increase in productivity and a great example of addressing the cause of problems rather than the effect.
A company who manufacture a tremendous range of products knew they would have problems internally with little specific capacity and cost information and were also considering a new incentive payment system for their staff. A Productivity Consultant and an Industrial Engineer were assigned to the task from Scott-Grant and produced a full database of synthetic work standards. The customer was so delighted, he asked for the two specialists to stay on and extend the database to contain material costs as well.