Flora Manufacturing and Distributing - Business Consulting Project
|Project Client:||Flora Manufacturing and Distributing
|Project Description:||Production process improvement
|Students:||Irene Liang and Jasmin Bayato
|BCIT Program:||Business Operations Management
This project focuses to improve the supplement line procedures and processes. The purpose of the project is to identify factors, report findings, and provide recommendations to reduce frequent machine stoppages and improve actual rate of production at the supplement line. The BCIT students conducted interviews and observed the process of the supplement line to gain an initial understating of the supplement line.
Based on the observation, some of symptoms were machine stoppages and frequent rework during production runs. The root cause analysis and sample data collection revealed that reloading silica is the primary reason for machine stoppage and label misalignment is the main cause for rework. The students proposed to run the supplement line continuously during the entire shift by allocating one additional operator with staggered breaks. The staggered breaks will ensure operators keep the line running.
In order to improve the Supplement Line operations, recommendations are:
- Provide a higher capacity silica dispenser
- Implement standard operating procedures for both the cottonor and the labeling machine setup
- Run the Supplement Line with three operators on staggered breaks
- Ensure materials are of acceptable quality
- Improve efficiency
- Increase throughput
- Increase available time of 780 hours for production a year
- Reduce frequency of machine stoppages