Manufacturing News

Cutting Costs

March 26, 2003
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
Cost avoidance is an important function of simulation in strategic planning. One of GM's cereal plants wanted to replace some low-speed packaging lines with multiple-head, higher-speed lines. Simulation showed that a bottleneck downstream would hold the new, high-speed lines to only a three percent improvement in productivity -- not enough to justify new equipment. Instead, it led plant operations to restructure the packing lines that ultimately increased plant capacity.

Witness software also saved GM $500,000 by not building an unneeded loading bay. The plant was planning a new loading facility with three bays for automatic transfer of product from silos to trucks and rail cars. This combined continuous-discrete process simulation was the first time the interaction and balance between production and truck schedules/loading duration were clearly understood, according to Beaverstock. Simulation showed that two bays would adequately handle the load, saving the company the cost of building the third bay.

Lanner Group, 11000 Richmond Ave, Suite 680, Houston, TX 77042. Tel.: (713) 532-8008; Fax: (713) 532-3732. Website: www.lanner.com

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.

Podcasts

Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

THE MAGAZINE

Food Engineering Magazine

Food engineering magazine 2014 april cover

2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE FOOD ENGINEERING STORE

Food-Authentication-Flyer-(.gif
Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!

 

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit www.foodmaster.com to learn more.

STAY CONNECTED

FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png