Automate Your Way To Lean Manufacturing

Automate Your Way To Lean Manufacturing Make your manufacturing processes more competitive through automation. Modern control and automation systems combine management and production levels, helping companies automate their way to success. Experts have estimated that less than 5% of the steps and time taken in producing a product actually create customer value. “Lean” thinking is […]

Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing Extending your continuous improvement programs for operational excellence to the packaging hall Enable faster flow of value to the customer Experts have estimated that less than 5% of the steps and time taken in producing a product actually create customer value. “Lean” thinking is a proven system for product development, mass production and […]

SMEs benefit from lean manufacturing
Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Product Identification Technologies

How can SMEs benefit from lean manufacturing

Lean manufacturing isn’t just for the big guys. Today’s small and medium businesses can get an advantage over their competitors by looking to lean manufacturing practices. Here’s how. When we talk about lean principles, it doesn’t take long for big names such as Toyota and Boeing to crop up. But in reality, lean isn’t a […]

Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Thinking lean manufacturing? What about ‘quality’?

If you’re on the path to leaner quality, then quality control is not just a non-value-adding ‘evil’. We’ve talked a bit about quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) on the path to being “lean”. (See Quality,  parts One and Two, and also check out how SME’s can benefit from lean manufacturing.) QC (traditional approach) […]

iDSnet OFS
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

14 metrics every Australian manufacturer should measure

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” – Peter Drucker One of the most important quotes in business management couldn’t be more important for Australian manufacturers today. With the right metrics, you can understand what’s working in your production line, and what’s not. You can find weak spots and barriers to efficient production. […]

metal detection for strawberries
Innovation and Best Practices, Machine Vision & Quality

Top 10 considerations when assessing X-ray or metal detection for strawberries

In light of the current strawberry-confidence crisis, what options can packers look at to protect their produce and businesses? Just now there is a crisis of consumer confidence in the Australian strawberry market: there have been some 100 reported instances of needles or pins being found in strawberries in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South […]

OEE utilisation
Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Benefits of implementing OEE

Why is OEE such a popular manufacturing-operation metric? The reason is simple: OEE can deliver accurate and actionable information to manufacturers for significant productivity improvement. First, a reminder of some OEE basics: OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a best-practice metric for measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of a manufacturing process.Calculated asthe product of three factors […]

OEE monitoring mistakes
Product Identification Technologies

The most common OEE mistakes and how to avoid them

Optimising your equipment’s efficiency is an essential element of continuous improvement for manufacturers. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a powerful way to achieve this. Get the implementation right, and OEE can be used to pinpoint problem areas on your line and, ultimately, help you make the necessary changes to improve production. However, there are some […]