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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.

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.
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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.
For Waechter GmbH, upgrading the automation components on its tray erector with help from Lenze has helped to increase the packaging machine's output from 25 to 30 cartons per minute.
June 28, 2013 | Feature Article

OEE in packaging: deceptively simple

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is being used with increasing frequency in the packaging industry. The reason for its popularity lies in the fact that the metric is easy to understand and relatively easy to apply. However, it is also easy to misuse. Here’s how to avoid doing so.
Tamper-evidence feature for reclosable cartons
May 1, 2013 | Video

Tamper-evidence feature for reclosable cartons

The new tamper-evident feature from Rondo-pak is comprised of perforations in the closing lid and dust flaps, which rip off when the box is opened for the first time. The carton remain reclosable, but still shows clear tamper-evidence. Great for high line speeds and maintaining OEE.
January 16, 2013 | White Paper

White Paper: How a few simple changes can speed up your supply chain

New white paper shows how to accelerate time-sensitive shipments to positively impact your customers' business processes.
October 7, 2012 | Product Brief

Blister packaging line helps Almac expand contract services in the U.K.

Almac will be able to meet growing demand for larger blister sizes and multiunit blister formats and increase packaging services for pharmaceutical and biotech markets.


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