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OEE & Lean Maufacturing Trends

Articles cover trends and principles pertaining to overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and/or lean manufacturing in the healthcare packaging industry. Articles focus on metrics, automated systems, machinery, line efficiency, custom integration, and software related to OEE and lean manufacturing.

How life sciences benefits from food and beverage operational insights
June 23, 2015 | News

How life sciences benefits from food and beverage operational insights

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OEE on the docket at Pack Expo East
February 18, 2015 | News

Automated data collection to boost packaging line OEE

The topic of equipment effectiveness through root cause analysis takes center stage at Pack Expo East.
Fig. 1: ConAgra's Hock on OEE's relationship to labor costs
December 30, 2014 | News

Free tools for CPGs to calculate OEE benefits

ConAgra continuous improvement chief spearheads the introduction of the OEE Opportunity Calculator and the OEE Validation Calculator, free from AIOE.
Weiler Labeling Systems: Labeler
October 14, 2014 | Machine Product Brief

Weiler Labeling Systems: Labeler

The RL-840N cut-and-stack rotary labeler eliminates the need for glue.
A seminar held during interpack by Optel and Domino emphasizes the urgency of developing a serialization strategy now, and addresses the challenges of implementation.
May 27, 2014 | Feature Article

When it comes to serialization, start now

A seminar held during interpack by Optel and Domino emphasizes the urgency of developing a serialization strategy now, and addresses the challenges of implementation.
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co.: Robotic equipment
January 8, 2014 | Machine Product Brief

Schneider Packaging Equipment Co.: Robotic equipment

High-speed top-loading Robotic Vertical Carton/Case Loader (RVCL) uses FANUC Robotics delta robots.
January 5, 2014 | Feature Article

Impact on production/operations workflows

Pharmaceutical companies are finding that the cost to upgrade a typical packaging line for serialization runs at around $1 million, give or take. With that level of investment, it’s only natural to focus on the equipment and engineering changes involved in reconfiguring the line itself.
January 4, 2014 | Feature Article

Impact on production line speeds and OEE

Of utmost concern to production/operations teams is the impact serialization will have on production line speeds.
Sanner GmbH: Quality management system
November 20, 2013 | Product Brief

Sanner GmbH: Quality management system

Systems minimize risks and protect pharmaceutical products by helping to create smooth production processes and traceability.
For a packaging operation, the graph in Figure 1 plots costs per year for each additional 0.1% of unplanned downtime, from 100% uptime at the right side to 99.5% uptime at the left. “High,” “Medium,” and “Low” refer to the hours that the packaging equipment is expected to be up and running and the estimated costs per hour of unplanned downtime:  High = 24 hr/day, 7 days/wk, 50 wk/yr; $10,000/hr of unplanned downtime  Medium = 16 hr/day, 7 days/wk, 50 wk/yr; $7,500/hr of unplanned downtime  Low = 8 hr/day, 5
November 14, 2013 | Column/Opinion

How printer availability helps drive packaging line OEE and uptime

Product/package printers can help determine root causes of line performance issues and point the way to corrective actions.

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