"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.
Don't hesitate to get in touch:
+61 3 9023 9130
An area of ongoing query is around accurately scoping projects to minimise "Scope creep".
Scope creep is when projects have additional areas/equipment/detail put under its umbrella after project approval that put pressure on the project timeline and budget.
While the scoping of projects can be an arduous process, with multitudes of options down every path, it can be a mind bending, time consuming & problem ridden process.
While there are multiple physical options (from size of site to what size pump to use to pump your product) there are the intangible options to consider - which is the most reliable, who/what can you trust & what preference and options do various stakeholders consider important?
One typical way to avoid scope creep is to delay projects while ALL options and perspectives are taken in during scoping, which for a lot of food manufacturers is not possible as there are enormous time constraints on the delivery of new products.
At RMR Process, we do things differently. We know the food industry so we understand the options that are available to you and can put these to you up front. Our background knowledge means we know who to talk to for quick, straight-up answers while also considering the additional implications and considerations for the various options (i.e. Lets chill it faster - get a larger chiller - that means a larger footprint and/or roof height and larger refrigeration gear - what refrigeration system is best for my application? Can the electrical supply handle the increased demand or does that need to be upgraded as well?)
We can work with you to scope projects and specify equipment in an accurate, encompassing & fast method so that you can get to your end goal faster, knowing it will meet the project goals and work first time.
Call RMR Process to find out how and why we do things differently.
+61 3 9023 9130
K Prelovsky, RMR Process.