Unplanned Downtime: Why It Happens and How To Prevent It

Unplanned downtime is the worst. Literally. Here are stats and estimates from around the internet: Factories lose at least 5% and up to 20% of productivity due to downtime (widely cited estimate). A single hour of downtime costs most organizations $100,000 to $300,000 (source). 72% of organizations say that zero unplanned downtime is one of […]

4 Ways Automating Your Production Line Reduces Costs

You already know that automation is a way to reduce your production costs. In fact, cost reduction is the main argument in favor of most automation projects. But, do you know how much money automation can really save you? Probably not. The reason is that automation can reduce costs in unexpected ways — for example, […]

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How a Garvey Accumulation System Helped Good Foods Boost Efficiency By 30%

Good Foods is a leader in the fresh ready-to-eat (RTE) product market. An early adopter of high pressure processing (HPP), Good Foods has developed an extensive line of clean label offerings, including guacamole, dairy dips, protein salads, cold pressed juices, plant-based dips, and plant-based dressings. HPP has been revolutionary for advancing food safety and quality. […]

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How To Decrease Your Manufacturing Throughput Time

We’ve written a lot on this blog about what throughput is and the steps you can take to maximize it (download the guide). In this article, we’ll look at the issue through a different lens: manufacturing throughput time. What is manufacturing throughput time? Manufacturing throughput time, aka cycle time, is how long it takes to […]

How to Achieve Your Productivity Goals with a Lower Headcount

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, many manufacturers (especially those making non-essential goods) shut down their facilities entirely. Others significantly scaled back production. These decisions were prudent, as manufacturing plants — specifically in the food processing sector — have been the source of several local outbreaks. Now, those manufacturers are in the process of either […]

Download Our New Guide to Maximizing Your Throughput

Would you like to learn how to: Calculate the throughput of your entire line Identify your constraint Determine where you can gain more throughput Minimize the 8 wastes of lean manufacturing Calculate how much your bottleneck(s) is costing you Learn all this and more in our latest ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Maximizing Your Throughput: Bottlenecks, […]

Efficiency vs Productivity: Are You Setting Your Company Up for Growth?

Have you reached the end of the efficiency line? Meaning that you’ve been doing everything you can to increase the efficiency of your operations, but you’re just not getting the results you’d hoped for? This is a wall that even the most successful companies encounter sooner or later. If you’ve done an excellent job at […]

How Fast Can Your Production Line Run? Here’s How to Find Out

On a manufacturing line, faster is better. More products = more profits. That’s the whole point of adding accumulation systems to your line: to increase your profit by increasing your throughput. Of course, there’s a big caveat: those products can’t be damaged. It doesn’t do you any good to produce large quantities of scratched or […]