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A Guaranteed Way to improve Manufacturing Process Performance …..

We recognise that achieving “Best in Class” status for manufacturing companies is an ongoing challenge that is being addressed by many companies across the UK to meet the challenge of competition from lower labour cost countries. From our experience we know that there exists a recognised growth path from poor performance to “Best in Class” performance and that there are well established tools for each stage of the journey. Our Perceptive Audit is used to identify the current position on the process improvement curve, identify the gaps, then recommend a path forward. This may involve addressing many of the important operational management issues, establishing a suitable production measurement infrastructure and the application of lean manufacturing techniques through co-operation with our industrial alliances.


“The Manufacturing Improvement Journey” - modified from Benchmarking in the Process Industries; R. Benson, M. Ahmad

It is typical for Perceptive Engineering to take the “process improvement baton” when the site or production unit has reached approximately 60% of “Best in Class” performance. Perceptive Engineering then use a structured approach, following the Six Sigma methodology, (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control) to deliver the next level of performance. Our audit goal stated simply, is to identify the “Lost Opportunity” that exists on each production asset. We are one of few companies prepared to guarantee performance improvement levels that are identified as part of our audit.

The Process Performance Management – Methodology The Perceptive Audit is structured to identify the real gaps between good and excellent operation. Bridging the gaps often requires relatively complex engineering techniques to truly optimise performance, however we strive to simplify the systems to be supportable and sustainable. The method defined below uses our experience and a set of practical software tools to identify the lost opportunity within the production line.

Process Walk Through

Gain a full understanding of the key process Units. Identify relationships between Business Economics and Quality, Throughput, Yield, and Environmental constraints. Identify all available measurements. Obtain statistical analysis of current performance. Comparison with industrial benchmarks. Quantify the errors associated with instrumentation, procedures, practices and the process. Calculate the potential headroom for improvement, energy losses, re-work etc. Discuss and present finding to key stakeholders.

a) A benchmark of current production unit performance. Assessment of Process Capability and Process Performance indices compared with other companies. b) Calculations of Overall Equipment Effectiveness and Efficiency. c) Determine accuracy of relevant instrumentation or sampling methods. d) Financial Estimate of “Lost Opportunity” for the Production Units under evaluation. e) Recommendation of the required instrumentation, control engineering practices and Performance Metrics to move closer to “Best in Class” f) Development of a strategy to improve productivity and product quality through the application of Intelligent Control techniques. g) Perceptive Engineering specialise in model based engineering technologies, including Model Predictive Control, Model based Process Monitoring and Model based fault detection and will demonstrate these techniques during the audit.

Set up Business KPI’s

Data Collection & Benchmarking

Instrument Assessment Gauge R&R Study

“Lost Opportunity” Assessment

Presentation & Report

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