"Making more, safer" should be the tag line for process Improvement as it is all about improving an existing process, be it simple or complex, large or small.
Process improvement can relate to many different aspects and areas of a business - from ensuring ingredients or supplies are delivered as they are needed (minimising warehouse storage requirements and keeping things fresh), to minimising plant stoppages to improve yield and manufacturing throughput.
An example of process improvements that you are likely to have been unwittingly involved in is electronic/online banking - no more paper statements or going to branches to deposit or withdraw money. Cheques are also on the way out (even though for some people they are still the most convenient payment method). This is a great example of improving a process.
How can this example be applied to your business?
Say you are a bakery & you currently add flour to your mixer via manual handling of bags, tipping the flour into the mixer by hand.
How much quality control do you have on preventing small pieces of paper/plastic entering there mixer from this bag? Or how can you eliminate or minimise the manual handling the operators are continually exposed to? How can you free up operator time so they do not have to manually add the flour, while on top of that, they don't have to bring in the bags to the process room - removing more manual handling AND removing an avenue for contamination?
There are a few simple and well proven solutions:
As RMR process are dedicated to the food industry, we know we can help your business upscale to meet the increasing demand for your product. In any case we may not be able to directly help you ourselves, we would certainly be able to put you in touch with someone who could help.
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Once Drainage & Flooring have been installed, it is very hard to change, so it is critical that all drainage & floor slopes are specified and installed to meet current & expected future processes. We hear too many horror stories about water pooling or running away from drains yet the irony is that it costs no extra money to get it right in the first place!
2 main types of floor drains - Pit drains & Strip drains. While strip drains seem to be an ideal solution for quick wash-downs, they do present hygiene issues that you need to be aware of which may make them unsuitable in rooms that are High Care or High Risk areas.
Drain locations are critical - in terms of locality to equipment and water points. Drain locations must be well thought through to allow for pit drains to take water away from specific drain points, such as CIP drain valves or cooker drains.
With the correct floor slopes - enough for water to fall away but not steep enough to make traversing the room difficult - there will be no water pooling on floor surfaces. Floor slopes can be configured such that strip drain locations have been considered not suitable, pit drains can be successfully utilised in their place. Slopes will typically range from 1:50 to 1:100. We aim for around 1:80 where possible.
To meet High-Risk & High-Care requirements of retailers and local water authorities, there are specific details in the hydraulic design that need to be incorporated. RMR Process can assist with achieving this compliance.
The last consideration for drainage is the water temperature, flowrates & chemicals going down the drain and the effects of these variables on each component.
Should you require any assistance on any of the details above, please contact RMR Process - we can help weave a path through the minefield that is drainage.
K Prelovsky, RMR Process.