Case Study 3-10857
IET applied its industrial engineering expertise to reduce labor in packaging
A market leader in packaging products for consumer, food and foodservice markets
IET provided a detailed engineering analysis of the current packaging operations. During the two-week study, an IET engineer observed packers on all shifts and utilized work sampling techniques to measure packer work and non-work activities. Packing throughput was limited by the forming machines, so packers worked with different efficiencies. They could work quickly and have time to relax or they could work slowly with little time for extra in-area breaks. IET measured this “efficiency effect” and used the results to determine the amount of work actually required to support the packing operation.
By determining the actual work content required to support packaging, IET was able to recommend and justify a 20% reduction in labor without affecting overall throughput. In addition, IET provided low-cost work area layout improvement ideas that, if implemented, would further reduce the labor time required to support packaging operations by simplifying operator movement between lines.