Evolving strategies for packaging machinery specifications
February 20, 2012
Packaging machines have gone through three major periods of evolution, as have many end user's strategies for writing packaging machine specifications. Let's explore why you might consider changing your company's specification strategy....
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Tips for improving manufacturing productivity
August 31, 2011
Productivity in manufacturing is about performing within or improving upon the budgetary boundaries that have been established for an operation. Productivity will depend upon the efficient use of labor, energy, and material and is thus affected by all of the terms in the OEE equation. In this, the third in a series of posts based upon the Packaging Automation Forum held recently in Chicago, I share and comment upon the...
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Using OEE and SPC to improve quality and productivity
July 29, 2011
Quality is the process of producing products that meet specifications. It is but one of three elements of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), the other two being uptime and rate. It is fair to say that we cannot produce quality without measurement. We may either measure to insure that our processes are in control and thus infer that product quality is achieved or we may measure product attributes directly to insure...
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OEE - Still a blur on the radar screen
May 29, 2009
Among the key performance indicators (KPI's) that grocery manufacturing executives think are most important, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is number four on the list after quality, cost and safety. Yet compared to the first three, there is little understanding of how to implement the OEE measurement. I believe this is yet another indication of the suits and the geeks failing to communicate....
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The Hype about OEE
March 31, 2008
In response to last month's post OEE is Like Sailing, a reader questioned why all the sudden hype about a technology that is so old. I think that the answer is that it's not about the technology, it's about the business. And sometimes the business performance is so low, that technology isn't the starting place for a solution....
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OEE is like sailing
February 13, 2008
The story goes that for sailors, life is about the journey; while for power boaters, life is about the destination. According to OEE expert Paul Zepf of Zarpac Inc., OEE is also about the journey....
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|About Keith Campbell
|Leaders learn from the past while
looking to the future - and bring both to bear on the here
and now. This is the philosophy that has steered Keith Campbell's
30+ years in manufacturing. It has worked for him in operations,
maintenance, engineering, R&D, education, consulting and
professional organizations--and now he's putting it to work
for you--taking you to the edge of his thoughts on packaging