As 2019 draws to a close, we’d like to thank you for reading our blog this year. We’ve enjoyed sharing our perspective with you on throughput, efficiency, production constraints, and other topics we hold near and dear. In case you missed any of them, here are our top 5 articles of 2019.
We wish you all the best for 2020!
1. What Is Throughput? (And Why You Should Care)
We’re thrilled this one made the list since maximizing throughput is our top priority. It’s why we started designing accumulation equipment in the first place, and it’s the main reason companies seek out our services. The goal of this article is to convince you that throughput is not just an important metric, but the most important metric to assess the quality of your production line.
2. Common Production Constraints, Part 1: Beverage Lines
When we visit facilities, our first task is to identify what piece of equipment is the constraint. In other words, where the bottleneck is. Over time, we’ve developed a pretty good idea of what machines are slowing things down in different types of plants. This article discusses the most common constraints found along beverage lines.
3. Common Production Constraints, Part 2: Food Packaging Lines
Food processing and packaging has its own set of challenges. Similar to article #2, this one discusses the most common constraints found along food packaging lines.
4. How Much Are Production Line Bottlenecks Costing You?
The answer for one customer was $3,552,000! That probably sounds like a lot, and it is! But, numbers of this size are not uncommon. Many production lines operate at 20-30% below capacity because of a constraint on their line.
5. Types of Industrial Conveyors: Table Top vs. Mat Top
If you’ve shopped for conveyors, you’ll know that there are two main categories of surfaces: table top and mat top. This article outlines the differences between then and when each will provide the best results.