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Checkweigh PCS Case Study

A Food Manufacturing production team observed that a ‘checkweigh issue’ was resulting in correct weight product being rejected alongside underweight product – and increases in line speed exaggerated the problem.

The Problem

  • The production line packed product into individual cartons, passed them over checkweigh and metal detection machines before final collation into an outer carton.
  • The reject rate at the metal detection machine was high and once product had built up in front of the reject bin’s level sensor, the whole line would stop.
  • The operators would empty the reject bin, restart the line and immediately have to go back to empty the bin again.
  • The team believed that the problem had always been there but that it was now worse due to the recent increase in line speed.

There was talk of reducing the line speed to resolve the problem.

Find out how, with our help, the Operators used our PCS tool to determine the real root cause and is now boxing clever and faster than ever before to protect the company’s margins.

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Testimonials

It must be said that the concept of change management which Lauras were asked to bring in was a very big ‘ask’. Their work on the floor was very beneficial to change management. Lauras try to problem solve by using the workforce. This has to be done tactfully. They achieved it. They had the respect of the people on the floor and the management which is a major credit.

Peter Barnett, CFO, KR Castlemaine

It’s brilliant! We used to produce 3 or 4 full bins of waste a day now we’re down to less than ½ a bin! The final bit of work we do should reduce it to virtually nothing!

Operator – Branded Bakery