Management need a detailed view of productivity for each process under their control, as well as an overview of their department. Similarly, every CEO wants to know what’s going on in their business – without having to spend time on the factory floor.
Integreater’s dashboard tool allows managers in each part of the production cycle to easily monitor process-specific performance. It can be configured to measure whatever data is most important to each department and features a ‘drill down’ function for detailed analysis.
The dashboard also provides CEOs with highly visible and consolidated information. This ensures that they always have an accurate, real time overview of their business’s performance – wherever they are.
Integreater’s dashboard tool gives management complete visibility across the processing cycle. This means that problems can be easily identified and resolved, improving productivity. Owners and board members also have an accurate view of the factory floor, enabling them to focus on long term objectives and strategy.
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Management understand the importance of business analysis, but rarely get chance to undertake this critical task.
Business analysis is not traditionally viewed as being part of the processing cycle. It’s often performed on an ad-hoc basis, usually a last minute scrabble around audit time – or on the rare occasions when management have a spare moment.
Integreater® ensures that this important task becomes part of the processing cycle. It works by integrating with your production network to automate the continuous measurement and analysis of essential data.
Processors are able to quickly and easily dissect any measured result, including yield, throughput, product giveaway and pack-fill. Information can be viewed in real time, or for a specific date/time range.
Integreater® takes all the hard work out of business analysis, providing management with the knowledge and visibility to make informed decisions and set realistic objectives.
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Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
Downtime is a major difficulty for any manufacturer because it has a negative impact on productivity. It is particularly problematic for food processing businesses as it cuts into already small profit margins.
Most businesses are aware that there are issues causing downtime, but it’s difficult for the reasons to be singularly identified to site management or engineers. Even if a section is being monitored, collating the information into a meaningful set of data is very time consuming.
Integreater® gives you the knowledge and visibility to identify exactly what is causing production downtime. It provides a detailed view of productivity on a machine, process and departmental level.
The e-MES enables management to set business-specific targets, then records production data to assess performance against these criteria.
Electronic data management allows operators to quickly and easily record any issues or problems, as well as the reason why they occurred. Management can then identify and rectify any inefficiencies, enabling them to streamline their production process.
Integreater® can be programmed to capture whatever information is most relevant to each business, including the line number, stop/ start time and reason. A simple chart then displays the amount of production time being lost at each stage of the processing cycle. This enables management to easily identify any trends in faulty machines or processes.
Management are able to minimise downtime and maximise productivity. This will optimise order fulfilment and service level, as well as profit margins
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Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Although management are always looking to improve performance, measuring productivity is often retrospective and undertaken separately to the processing cycle. This can be time consuming and prone to error.
Despite being an extremely important function, monitoring performance can be ad-hoc. It often takes a back seat to seemingly more pressing issues, such as meeting last minute order changes.
Integreater® enables food processors to continuously monitor productivity. Management set key performance indicators for their business and the e-MES then integrates with the processing cycle to measure the relevant data.
Information is presented in real time using simple colour-code technology. This allows operators to easily identify and rectify any issues that are affecting performance.
Management have an accurate, up-to-date view of performance and are able to identify any trends. In order to understand the reasons behind performance issues, the KPI module can also be used in combination with Integreater’s Business Analysis and OEE tools.
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We all know that we have the potential to achieve greater productivity – but in a busy food processing environment, management rarely have the time to accurately benchmark their performance.
Working in conjunction with our KPI measurement tool, Integreater’s benchmarking software allows processors to set business-specific targets to measure their performance against. Management are able to continuously assess productivity and if benchmarks are not being met, this tool can be used with Integreater’s OEE software to identify the reasons why.
Management can measure and benchmark the data that is most important to their business, allowing them to easily spot any problems. This reduces the potential of future issues and improves long term performance.
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