Dec 20, 2014

Achieve operational excellence in maintenance using 10 simple steps

Admin
4 min
Best practice in manufacturing.
Establishing best practices in production maintenance is an achievable goal. But it’s a goal that many talk about but few achieve. So why is it...

Establishing best practices in production maintenance is an achievable goal. But it’s a goal that many talk about but few achieve. So why is it so difficult and why are so many manufactures still running at over 90 percent reactive?

Many blame it on the age of their manufacturing assets and the repairs they require. More blame goes to not stocking the critical (and expensive) spares needed to sustain production. And still more can be blamed on today’s fast-paced manufacturing that doesn’t allow for proper planning or time management.

So what steps would be needed to reach world-class maintenance in this reactive environment?

Step 1

The first step of any journey to best practices is to gather as much data as possible on machine downtime, meantime between failure, parts spend, tech utilization, technician response time and percentage of deliveries made on time. With this, you can begin to calculate the average cost of one hour of downtime.

Step 2

Given your estimate on the average cost of one hour of downtime you can then begin to dollarize the effect of maintenance on production. By making some simple assumptions (based on the cost of one hour of downtime), how much would an improvement of only 5 percent in machine availability be worth to your operation? Although it seems like a small amount, a 5 percent improvement can provide remarkable results.

Steps 3

Now look through the variables in your operation. How much more savings would be possible by initiating a plan for critical spares? What effect would increased response time have on providing more machine availability? How would a work order system improve uptime?

Step 4

As you analysis these variables you will start to see opportunities to add more value abound. Now it’s time to invest. Adding a Computerized Maintenance Monitoring System (CMMS) will have a monumental effect on virtually all your variables. That’s because a CMMS system will provide work order information, it will also increase technician response time which lowers your mean time to repair which also reduces the amount of downtime.

Step 5

Now that you are inputting work orders through the CMMS, every manufacturing asset in you operation is shown at the touch of a computer screen.

Critical parts and spares can be tracked. Preventative maintenance (PMs) can be scheduled and checklists generated.

Step 6

Moving from reactive requires planning for your technicians’ time as well as planning for having the right part at the right time. That’s why introducing a scheduler planning function can be one more way drive out downtime by maximizing machine PMs.

Step 7

So now we are moving from a reactive model to more proactive model. But where do we go next? Introducing predictive tools. Along with a good PM checklist it’s important to develop a predictive PM checklist as well. Electrical equipment should have a thermography PM included to look for over heating issue. Rotating equipment should be scheduled for vibration analysis. And airlines need ultrasound scanning for air leaks.

Step 8

So where do we go after predictive? Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) takes
the maintenance to the next level by involving the operator. No one knows the day-to-day operation of a manufacturing asset better
than the operator. So why not provide some simple ways that the operator can assist with maintenance. These could be a simple as installing sight gauges to monitor fluid levels or cleaning and repainting the asset to make leaks or malfunction more visible.

Step 9

Now we are on the road to reliability. Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) puts
it all together. Through this concept, your operation becomes more experiential. Individual machines are no longer brought down for scheduled PMs on a regular basis - rather they are run to the threshold of failure to assure the most productivity possible. In some cases, run to failure is permitted based on cost and mean time to repair.

Step 10

Moving the needle from reactive maintenance to best practices in maintenance takes time, a complete cultural shift and talented maintenance technicians. And with today’s skilled labor shortage finding and retaining skilled technicians can be difficult. So it is conceivable that you might need help from a third party.
Not only to find talented technicians but help
to establish the proper metrics and processes within your operation. To find the right third
party provider don’t be afraid to reach out to that providers customers and ask the tough questions that only a customer can answer. Next congratulate yourself for starting this journey to Lean maintenance. It’s an investment that will pay handsome dividends for years to come. 

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Mar 14, 2019

Top 10 Fast-Moving Consumer Goods companies

Nestle
Unilever
Catherine Sturman
5 min
FMCG companies
10. L’Oréal

10. L’Oréal

Founded in 1919 in France, L’Oréal has grown into a multinational brand with over 82,000 employees, becoming one of the most internationally recognised FMCG companies worldwide.

Registering 498 patents in 2017, the business is focused on innovation and developing strong relationships with suppliers and partners. 100% of its strategically important suppliers will also take part in its sustainable development programme in 2020.

9. Phillip Morris

Despite various campaigns, over a billion people are set to smoke in 2025. Multinational FMCG company, Philip Morris remains a leading tobacco company, expanding its footprint into more than 180 key markets.

With 81,000 employees covering 80 languages in total, the company houses a comprehensive, agricultural supply chain; sourcing 400,000 metric tonnes of tobacco each year in partnership with 350,000+ tobacco farmers. The company has also sought to embrace the manufacture of electronic devices for heated tobacco products and ecigarettes.

8. JBS

Launched in the 1950s, global Brazilian food industry leader JBS is now home to 300 production facilities with over 10 billion-dollar brands under its umbrella., such as Seara, Swift, Friboi, Doriana, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s, Primo and more.

Serving more than 300,000 customers, it is the world’s largest company in the beef sector, with over 235,000 employees. Its Legal Supplier Programme has enabled beef suppliers to adapt to Brazil’s environmental legislation, whilst the Green Light Pact initiative has seen cattle breeding centres in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil improve their production practices.

7.  Coca Cola

Coca-Cola’s wide-ranging distribution network, strong portfolio and exceptional marketing capabilities have made it one of the most iconic FMCG companies in the world.

Available in over 200 countries, its products are supplied through one of the world’s largest beverage distribution networks, where suppliers must adhere to its Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGP) and Supplier Engagement Program.

Adopting SmartLabel technology across its manufacturing operations, the business is also leading the way in the identification, implementation and sharing of best practices. Each product now houses a QR code, providing complete transparency. The company is also looking to reduce the emissions from its production processes, where 42% of energy used at its sites is sourced from renewable energy sources.

6. AB InBev

Originally established by combining three big companies: Interbrew, Ambev and Anheuser-Busch, Belgian-Brazilian beverage company AB InBev is officially the world’s largest beverage business.

Selling over 500 beer brands, such as Budweiser, Corona, Leffe and Quilmes in more than 100 countries, the company is acutely aware of its need to frequently adapt and enhance its distribution network.

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Partnering with nearly 50,000 farmers, the business is committed to sustainable sourcing, where its flagship platform, SmartBarley has utilised data analytics to support more than 5,000 enrolled farmers improve their productivity and environmental performance. AI and blockchain will also support its manufacturing capabilities.

5. Unilever

Housing some of the most recognisable everyday brands, Unilever’s aggressive acquisition strategy and strong brand presence has seen it become a household name across 190 countries worldwide. Its R&D centres have sought to fully bolster its manufacturing operations and vast distribution network, where the business has maintained its zero non-hazardous waste-to- landfill agenda since 2017.

Additionally, a number of its initiatives have provided employment opportunities to those in rural areas. Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) has enabled half of the company’s agricultural raw materials, such as palm oil to become sustainably sourced. Not only that, 26 sustainable living brands are now situated under the company’s umbrella.

4. PepsiCo

The main rival to Coca-Cola, PepsiCo’s beverages, as well as its food products continue to grow in popularity and demand.

Harnessing significant brand awareness, the Fortune 500 company is one of the most admired companies in the world. Its six global divisions form part of its aim to transform its products which are delivered through its extensive distribution network to meet the ever-evolving needs of customers.

3. Procter & Gamble

Following from its acquisition of personal care company Gillette in 2005, Procter & Gamble has become one the largest FMCG companies, with operations in up to 70 countries.

Providing a range of personal and consumer health products to five billion customers, the company’s recent plans to acquire the consumer health division of Merck Group, as well as implementing a new simplified management structure will form part of its 2020 vision.

2. Johnson & Johnson

A firm family favourite, Johnson & Johnson remains one of the most influential FMCG companies. With products in three categories, Consumer Healthcare, Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals, the business has grown at a considerate pace, with up to 250 subsidiaries under its umbrella.

The company’s complex, global distribution network and diverse supplier base has seen the business embrace new technologies across its network, as it continues to thrive in its role in delivering quality products and services at affordable prices for consumers.

1. Nestle AG

Undertaking a number of corporate acquisitions, Swiss food and beverage company, Nestle has become the largest in the world, with more than 2000 brands available in 189 countries.

Home to the world’s largest private food and nutrition research organisation, the company invested US$1.7bn in its research capabilities in 2017 alone, supporting its 30 R&D facilities worldwide. Its recent partnership with Starbucks will see the business bolster its complex distribution network.

Additionally, in alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals, Nestle is striving for zero environmental impact across its operations. Providing clear labels across its manufacturing lines, the company provides nutritional knowledge as well as supporting local farmers who provide high quality ingredients within its sustainable sourcing efforts.

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