In our recent blog, “Increase Run Time: Add the PCM to Coil Coating Fluid Process," we showed that if we remove preventative maintenance (scheduled downtime) from total downtime in industrial coating and other paint and coating processes, we could divide the remaining sources of unscheduled downtime on a coil coating line into five categories:
- Mechanical failures
- Cleanup time
- Setup time
- Wait time (often buried in trials waiting for QC results so the line can proceed)
- Rework (recoating)
The best way to increase runtime is to decrease downtime. But we noted that there is little that you can do about unforeseen mechanical failures in such complex mechanical systems – even with the best of PM programs. That leaves just cleanup, setup, wait, and rework times to focus on.
One of our coil coating clients implemented the Profile Correction Module (PCM) with the initial intent of reducing their fill volume to save money on paints and coatings, but found that they could also reduce downtime therefore increasing available runtime.
1. Reducing Cleanup Time
2. Reducing Setup Time
3. Reducing Wait Time
4. Reducing Rework Time
Less Downtime/More Production Time
It’s really semantics. Is the glass half-empty or half-full? No matter what you call it, it really boils down to making saleable product, at the highest quality, at the right time. And as these guys found out, the PCM can be a key tool in attaining that objective.
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