Significant firepower and resources are dedicated in the consumer goods industry in order to increase throughput, reduce change over time and eliminate downtime on the plant floor. Industrial and Process Engineers, Lean and Continuous Improvement Specialists and Operations Leaders all play a role in designing equipment and processes that can generate the highest OEE.
While resources are plentiful during the formulation, compounding and fill operations, many times the packaging operation is left to be done by temporary labor. With less supervision than full time employees, and in many cases less trained, temps brought in by staffing agencies can have a negative impact on not only plant culture but on throughput.
Productiv has quantified the productivity benefits of bringing the same process engineering know-how to the hand packaging department. The following case study describes the situation that Productiv entered and how after 6 months, was able to increase throughput and reduce labor expense. And the client’s most valued benefit – the improved culture and working relationship between operators and temps in what was traditionally a strained working relationship.