All across food processing, materials conversion and packaging, folks are trying to cut costs to meet these challenging economic times. John Henry, Certified Packaging Professional (CPP), suggests looking for ways to increase production line changeover efficiency. Henry notes,
- “How much can you save via reduced changeover times? …The lowest number I’ve seen, from a pharmaceutical packager, is $13,500 an hour. A distilled spirits bottler calculates it at more than $32,000 an hour.”
Better quality changeovers, Henry argues, will lead to increased performance and efficiency, going straight to the bottom line.
YSK adds, conversely, going with an inferior part (an industrial knife, for instance) could necessitate more frequent changeovers or repair stoppages, increasing costs and negatively impacting the bottom line.