IET, Inc.
3539 Glendale Ave
Toledo, Ohio 43614

Case Study 1-08717

Frozen pizza maker reduces costs.

IET examined and studied sources of waste to determine ways to reduce overall costs.

The Customer

A frozen pizza co-manufacturer for a large food manufacturing conglomerate.

"IET did an outstanding job in a short amount of time to identify sources of waste and reduce our costs."

- Director of Continuous Improvement

The Challenge

Our client needed to reduce costs for the customer by evaluating lost production time, overweight product giveaway and wasted packaging.

The Solution

All possible sources of waste were examined for cost savings. This included scrap materials and packaging, sanitation losses and overweight product. The sanitation crew was time studied to identify ways to decrease the time to clean the line. This included optimizing simultaneous activities and moving as much work as possible external to the sanitation. The six hour sanitation process was able to be reduced to 4.5 hours. To find the sources for overweight products, pizzas were weighed at different stages of assembly to determine which specific ingredients were overweight. The temperature of the ingredients was correlated to the applied weight to determine if there was a relationship. Some ingredients did show a relationship and better temperature control was implemented.

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