Improving Product Flow In Your Food Manufacturing Facility
Improper product flow in a food plant can have various negative impacts, including financial costs, time wastage, compromised food quality, and safety hazards. Signs of inefficient product flow include surplus inventory, excess work in progress (WIP), and discrepancies in output and tracking. These issues often go unnoticed but can be detrimental to the business. Poor product flow can lead to increased risks of accidents and injuries, wasted time and money, greater potential for product damage and contamination, and limited opportunities for automation. Streamlining product flow can be achieved through a facility assessment that identifies areas for optimization, such as efficient space utilization, reduction of manual handling, integration of automation, and better coordination between different areas of the facility. Engaging an experienced third party for the assessment can bring fresh insights and expertise in identifying and addressing these issues.