Technology/Food Safety: Determining the Causes of Downtime, Lost Productivity and Sanitation Issues

Traceability systems should focus on uptime, productivity and debottlenecking of your operation, and nowadays more than ever, it should focus on hygiene and sanitation. Knowing WHY your manufacturing line did not produce more product each hour is MORE important than knowing how much you produced that hour.  Being able to track and monitor every employee, all production equipment, and all your products throughout the manufacturing process is essential, as well as to notify management of issues before they affect the complete operation or create a health hazard.

Traceability systems should be wireless, have a real-time dashboard monitoring conditions in your plant, be time stamped and include database recorded operational parameters. Your system should have remote access capabilities, provide messaging alerts, and statistics.  It should provide exception reports to continuously track processes out of range or sequence, do downtime tracking and scheduling.  The system should provide governmental compliance and performance measurements of your plant as well as Overall Equipment Effectiveness, and line availability to measure “total productive time” as compared to “total operating time”.

Your traceability system should help you identify and control the performance of your plant, and allow you to act, not just react, to issues which affect your plant operation.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify how and where a problem occurred
  2. Identifying what did it affect in the operation
  3. Determining how to fix it and prevent it from happening again

Harry Jacoby