Like any growing or manufacturing sector, the poultry and egg industry in North America is challenged by unplanned downtime, which can lead to lost revenue, wages, inventory, as well as remedial labor costs and penalties from not delivering on customer and service agreements. Operations struggle to understand the root causes of downtime, which may include human, machine, and natural events, affecting system availability, performance, and quality.
Although barn, grading, and processing operations typically have a clear understanding of system reliability annually and can project the cost of unplanned downtime, it is much more difficult to identify specific downtime threats and to gather supporting data for root cause analysis and downtime reduction.
The difficulty lies in the semi-automated nature of these operations, which presents a unique investigative challenge that combines human, machine based, and environmental elements. These elements can create unplanned downtime singularly, or they can converge to create more complex scenarios.
Taking a continuous improvement approach to understanding and reducing downtime is an efficient way to make an impact, as compared to a holistic, systemic change immediately, based on a variety of assumptions.
To get started:
- Work with a specialist to gain a full understanding of your process, potential downtime threats, and opportunities that may lead to performance improvements.
- Scope out specific, time bound, investigative opportunities that can be managed by a small number technicians and managers to understand a specific downtime threat.
- Deploy a semi-automated, human enabled technology solution that is embraced by floor or field and supervisory personnel alike to collect data over a defined period of time.
- Work with your specialist and your team throughout the project to analyze the data in real-time, and to identify opportunities to change or influence behaviour or process.
To find out more about how SITEFLO customers in the poultry industry are using the product to understand and reduce unplanned downtime, email us at email@example.com.