Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Secret to low-cost producer status: People!

Bay Valley Foods has connected OEE to financial outcomes. Empowering operators in a private label food company, where rising costs are systemic, not cyclical. One day's run of an SKU can now impact whether or not a product is profitable that day. Getting to the root cause - which is mostly people and process, not equipment related.

Improving in small parts of the business does not lead to financial results. Rubber meets the road in taking action, not in measuring it. We know that, and this was a good example of actionable intelligence. Let workers take more control and gather the context from the operator rather than fully automated from the PLC -

Keep thinking about how to engage people to turn data into information.
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