Lean tools and their applicability to the process industry

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The process industry (food & beverage, liquids, sheet goods, solid & fluid packaging operations) differs from the parts manufacturing and assembly industry, where the Lean, 6 Sigma and Theory of Constraints methodologies were developed.

Here we list Lean tools and comment and how they can be applied to the process industry. In some cases they can’t!

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How to create a factory performance metric that boosts productivity and changes behaviours

Factory Performance Metric

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is often used as the main metric for factory performance in the process industry (food & beverage, liquids, sheet goods, solid & fluid packaging operations). However, while OEE is a good measure for independent workstations and processes, production lines in the process industry are usually made up of several workstations and … Read more

Theory of Constraints tools and their applicability to the process industry

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The process industry (food & beverage, liquids, sheet goods, solid & fluid packaging operations) differs from the parts manufacturing and assembly industry, where the Lean, 6 Sigma and Theory of Constraints methodologies were developed. A system to manage bottlenecks within manufacturing supply chains was codified in the late 80’s by Dr Eliyahu Goldratt, and introduced … Read more

How to modify the Lean, 6 Sigma and Theory of Constraints methodologies for the process industry

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The process industry (food & beverage, liquids, sheet goods, solid & fluid packaging operations) differs from the parts manufacturing and assembly industry, where the Lean, 6 Sigma and Theory of Constraints methodologies were developed. The unique characteristics of supply chains in the process industry make them less responsive to a one-size-fits-all approach. Performance optimisation in … Read more