01 Mar Why Multi-Function Processing Equipment is The Next Big Thing
Multi-function processing equipment is on the rise to become a major trend in poultry production. With a long list of benefits to offer, a more versatile piece of equipment will go a long way on the production floor, making your processes more efficient, less expensive, and safer for employees. This post will outline some of the advantages of implementing multi-function processing equipment.
1) Lean Manufacturing
Some key elements of wasteful manufacturing are defects, overproduction, waiting, unnecessary movement, and over-processing. Multi-function processing equipment significantly improves the productivity and efficiency for manufacturing lines by eliminating waste (time, effort, resources), and making processes leaner.
These advantages also help you operate under the guidelines of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). With fewer machines, employees are more able to understand the equipment and work to prevent breakdowns, enhancing overall equipment effectiveness, and minimizing losses.
2) Reduced Clutter/Increased Floor Space
Machine clutter in your facility means less space, less efficient workflow, and more frequent maintenance. Implementing multi-purpose machinery will help combat these issues and increase floor space. This will allow you to improve the design of your facility, minimize wasted movement, increase mobility, and reduce the chances for workers injury. A poorly designed layout can also increase space requirements leading to increased fixed costs. Lastly, an increase in open floor space will make it easier to clean and repair your equipment.
3) Lower Machinery Costs
Manufacturers can spend up to 40% of their operating costs on maintaining factory equipment. Using multi-function equipment will reduce the number of different machines that you need on hand, thus reducing the number of machines that can malfunction.
This will also lower the amount of replacement parts needed because you’re stocking for fewer types of machines. Having machines that do each other’s job and having backups on hand can reduce downtime, and the costs associated with production loss.
4) Less Human Interaction Required
Human interaction leads to human error, which harms workers, products, and overall productivity. Multi-purpose machinery allows you to automate processing lines. This can create a safer and cleaner working environment, and reduce the chances of contamination. It can also cut down labor costs while increasing processing speed, and achieve a more predictable yield.
Having an automated process is more sustainable and will reduce water and energy expenses by producing a more prdictable, consistent product. With more consistency, there are fewer defects in the product, thus reducing the amount of raw materials, energy, and waste associated with with fixing/replacing a defected product.
Overall, multi-function processing equipment can help eliminate inefficiencies, while improving the overall functionality of your processing plant. It provides the opportunity to streamline your processes, making things safer, simpler, and cost effective. This is why multi-function processing equipment is the next big thing.