With Throughputs Increasing, Processors Focus on Efficiency

Earlier this year, we examined the results of Food Engineering’s State of Food Manufacturing Survey from 2014 to 2018. It will probably come as no surprise that automation was the top trend in each of the five years. Facing the need to expand production while dealing with a dwindling workforce, processors have been scrambling to […]

Workplace Stress in Manufacturing: What’s Accumulation Got To Do With It?

On this blog, and in our interactions with prospects and customers, we typically focus on how our equipment helps manufacturers increase their throughput. This shouldn’t come as a surprise — as makers of accumulation tables, throughput is our bread and butter. But, recently, we learned that lower-than-desired throughput isn’t the only challenge our accumulation systems […]

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7 Downtime Statistics That You Should Find Terrifying

In manufacturing, downtime is a four-letter word, while unplanned downtime is an unforgivable curse. You know it’s bad, but do you know how bad? These 7 statistics illustrate just how much of an impact downtime can have on your business: In 2016, the average cost of downtime across all businesses was $260,000 per hour. That […]

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Is Waiting Killing Your Throughput…and Your Bottom Line?

When you think about your production lines, do you have a vague sense that you could be producing more / better / faster, but aren’t sure exactly what’s standing in your way? This is common. We talk to many plant managers who know they should be getting more out of their lines, but aren’t sure […]

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In Food Manufacturing, Throughput Is King

Throughput, throughput, throughput. It’s the food industry’s version of “location, location, location.” If you look at the big trends in food manufacturing today — like automation, digitalization, and efficiency improvements — you’ll see that they’re ultimately ways to increase throughput. We’re not just saying this because we believe throughput is the most important metric for […]

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Common Production Constraints, Part 2: Food Packaging Lines

In the previous article, we identified the main places bottling lines get hung up during beverage processing. Here, we look 5 common constraints along food packaging lines. Wrappers/baggers Like with beverages, in food manufacturing, moving from the processing to packaging can be challenging. For example, we worked with a client that made bagels. The line […]

How Much Are Production Line Bottlenecks Costing You?

$3,552,000! I know that seems like a lot. But that’s how much profit one winery was missing out on before they took steps to reduce the impact of the bottleneck on their production line. We’ve performed our Garvey Line Analysis with hundreds of companies. And, while the results vary, we typically find that companies are […]

How to Find the Constraint in Your Production Line

Do you know what the bottleneck is in your manufacturing process? The limiting factor that’s keeping you from ramping up your production or sometimes even meeting your goals? This bottleneck is your constraint, and it should be your top priority because it’s setting the pace for the rest of your line. Until you increase the […]

What Is Throughput? (And Why You Should Care)

Throughput is the #1 metric for assessing the quality of your production line. Not just an important metric, but the most important metric. In business-bottom-line terms, throughput is the difference between: Meeting your production goals and missing your targets Having a competitive advantage and falling behind Keeping your customers and losing them to someone who […]

Maximizing Thruput: What’s the Point?

Welcome to our Maximizing Thruput series! When I was given an old folder full of slides and presentation notes from Mark Garvey written back in 2001, I thought I might be able to find some good content that would still be relevant. It didn’t take long for me to realize that it was ALL still relevant, […]