In order to boost profitability, manufacturers seek to set themselves apart from their competition through crucial characteristics such as productivity, lead-time, cost and/or flexibility. Here the performance of a production line is highly decisive: keeping performance at its best starts with minimising downtime due to stoppages.
Line regulation through accumulation is the answer to securing productivity, maximising Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and improving Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). To keep a production line operative during malfunctions and to optimise changeovers, manufacturers have to take a close look at every singular production step, while, simultaneously, considering the intertwined machines’ interactions and dependencies.
While most widely used in high-speed packaging lines, accumulation and line regulation are also perfectly applicable to lower speed solutions.
But there is no “one size fits all” solution: everything must be accurately evaluated case by case, taking into account the multiple constraints of space, product flexibility and integrity, time, maintenance and planned stoppages as well as sustainability considerations.
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