Food Industry – Reducing Downtime and Increasing Throughput

Posted on July 30, 2013

Our Client  was experiencing an excessive amount of downtime during the launch of a new Plate Freezer System.

Reason for Project:

  • The Start-up Team was working hard to minimize/eliminate downtime and system inefficiencies and looked to Epicenter to identify and quantify problems to enable more targeted corrective action.

Project Deliverables:

  • Over the course of 2 weeks, the system was observed and all downtime was recorded, summarized and analyzed.
  • Recommendations were developed and ranked for the highest impact to improve the system throughput.

Project Results/Benefits:

  • Throughput Improvement Opportunity: The root causes of downtime identified uncovered a potential throughput improvement of 20-25%.
  • Start-up Improvement: Root cause information provided Engineering/Maintenance necessary information for a targeted correction strategy. Cost and timing were improved from knowing what the real problems were.
  • Achievement of Capacity: Upon correcting the identified problems the system would be capable of operating to the designed capacity.