Now let’s be honest: Who does not think it should be possible to get better results from their line? Whether it’s squeezing the last ounce of efficiency from a highly automated plant, or improving the production schedule of a line handling many different drinks?
Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) often decreases gradually and almost imperceptibly: There are new suppliers, employees or products, or product change-overs do not go according to plan – the list of possible causes is nearly endless. When trying to improve key performance indicators, plant managers are frequently faced with a maze of parameters that could be fine-tuned. To choose the right ones, they must answer the following questions: What can be achieved under the specific conditions applying in their plant? What are the reasons why they haven’t got there yet? What measures are the most effective ones? Which of them make financial sense?
Consultants with sectoral expertise provide responsively customised assistance
This is where Service Level Agreement Performance comes into play, a digital service where Krones experts work closely together with a customer’s team over a lengthy period, joining forces with them in order to maintain key performance indicators or get them back up to the level targeted.
This service is centred around analyses of the machine data recorded in the Krones line but consultancy goes far beyond technical matters pure and simple. “We step into the customers’ shoes and try to find their cost-drivers while bearing in mind the overall picture,” explains Tobias Amann from the Digital Services Division at Krones. Based on the 5M model, the consultants scrutinise not only the machine itself as a possible influence on OEE, but also the methods employed such as production planning, people (man) like trained personnel, for example, milieu meaning the specific site conditions and the material.