Higher Throughput Will Maximize Production
Originally posted on Craft Brewing Business (http://buff.ly/1A2pTRE)
Bill Garvey, president
Garvey Corp. (Blue Anchor, N.J.)
There are many different types of accumulation systems out there, but which one is right for you?
What is throughput, you may ask? Simply the average amount of products a packaging line produces per minute while fully functioning. With this number, it is easy to figure out how many products are produced per shift, per day, per month and per year. There is a mathematical equation for figuring out any facility’s throughput, and determining the line efficiency, which we at Garvey provide for free.
The term line efficiency is used when talking about the overall efficiency of a production line and directly pertains to a factory’s throughput. There is a new field of study in engineering specifically focused on plant design and efficiency. It is called PSE or Production Systems Engineering, and this study has determined the production maximizing effects of proper line buffering and accumulation.
Buffer conveyors or accumulation systems are multi-purpose machines typically used before and after the slowest machine in a production line or the constraint. This protects the constraint from stops that may occur through the rest of the line, allowing it to work at its most efficient rate.
There are many different types of accumulation systems out there. How does one go about figuring out which accumulation solution is good for their product line? Well, we can start by answering a few simple questions:
- Is your production line high speed?
- Is your product fragile or hard to handle?
- What is your current line efficiency?
- Which machine is your constraint?
- Do you have more than one constraint?
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