Case Study 3-05475
Using fundamental industrial engineering techniques and shop floor savvy, IET showed this company how labor productivity could be improved more than 10%.
This food and beverage company processes and packages its products around the world with up-to-date, high-speed manufacturing technologies.
IET developed a labor analysis plan that measured the work content of every hourly position in the plant: line operators, packagers, lab technicians, material handlers, order pickers, and maintenance. Detailed, full-shift work sampling studies and predetermined time studies provided “as-is” descriptions of value added work actually being performed along with non-valued added activities and delays. These studies were scheduled across three shifts to obtain an appropriate amount of information while minimizing the total cost of the project.
IET’s objective analysis uncovered opportunities that were “below the radar” of plant personnel. The engineering data from these studies revealed opportunities to combine duties and change methods that would contribute to overall labor productivity gains in the plant.
Within six weeks, two IET engineers completed 45 full-shift studies for a major production area consisting of more than 150 people. The recommendations included specific plans for reducing the current production workforce by 11% or more than $600,000 per year.