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Food processing industry utilizing OEE metrics

Graham Immerman
September 18, 2017

Under 50% of pharmaceutical operations measure Overall Equipment Efficiency, but three out of four food processing operations do. One employee said, “Downtime is usually associated with maintenance problems. There is a need for process machinery with more preventive and predictive schedules and self-diagnosis.” Reducing downtime leads to greater efficiency for manufacturers in any industry. “Food processors are looking to OEMs to deliver greater automation, machine flexibility for materials, sizes and shapes, standardized communication platforms, quick changeover, longer pasting parts, and faster serviceable machines.” The next step in this industry is to make labeling more efficient in relation to organic, non-GMO, and gluten free packaging.

Three out of four food processing operations measure OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency)Source: http://www.packworld.com

Unlike their peers in pharma, where less than half of operations measure OEE, the vast majority of food processors do measure equipment efficiency, and closely monitor data to make continuous improvements in the plant. One process engineer from meat/poultry said, “Downtime is usually associated with maintenance problems. There is a need for process machinery with more preventive and predictive schedules and self-diagnosis.” Read More

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