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The Truth on Machine Uptime in Manufacturing Plants

Process-industry executives depend on their equipment to achieve profitability — which means they’re keenly aware when a critical piece of machinery doesn’t run as scheduled. Unfortunately, for many plants, that’s far too often. The PSbyM Process Industries Performance Study found that machine uptime (as a percent of scheduled uptime) is only 67 percent (average) at...
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Extending Improvements to the Supply Chain

Few process plants are vertically integrated. Instead, they rely on suppliers for ingredients and raw materials, as well as vendors intellectual property for new products. Success or failure at these plants is highly dependent on supplier performance — or lack thereof. Unfortunately, the PSbyM Process Industries Performance Study finds that many suppliers are underperforming. Goods...
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Infographic: Tapping the Talent of Frontline Manufacturing Associates

  Performance Solutions by Milliken will be sharing more of the research and benchmarks in future blogs, and will be releasing an Executive Summary of all findings in the weeks ahead. If your process operations are trying to move further toward operational excellence (the good) or struggling with these performance measures (the bad), sign up...
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How to Improve Manufacturing Employee Productivity

In process industries, where production is dependent upon equipment, a company’s greatest assets — frontline associates — are often underutilized and their abilities to enhance operations left severely untapped. Approximately half of a process plant’s workforce is made up of frontline associates — according to the PSbyM Process Industries Performance Study — many in those...
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Monitor, Measure, Visualize

Infographic: Do You Have the Right System in Place?

Performance Solutions by Milliken will be sharing more of the research and benchmarks in future blogs, and will be releasing an Executive Summary of all findings in the weeks ahead. If your process operations are trying to move further toward operational excellence (the good) or struggling with these performance measures (the bad), sign up to...
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Get the Most from a Performance Management System

A good performance management system aligns, monitors, measures, and makes visible all operations activities and outcomes throughout an organization. The system guides managers and frontline associates and allows them to make informed decisions — and then measure how well (or poorly) those decisions turned out. A good performance management system aligns, monitors, measures, and makes visible...
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Infographic: How Does Your Process Plant Stack Up?

Performance Solutions by Milliken will be sharing more of the research and benchmarks in future blogs, and will be releasing an Executive Summary of all findings in the weeks ahead. If your process operations are trying to move further toward operational excellence (the good) or struggling with these performance measures (the bad), sign up to...
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Process Benchmarks to Build On

Process manufacturers run unique, equipment-centric operations, which means they’re challenged to find meaningful performance benchmarks for best practices, improvement methods, tools and techniques. That’s finally changing. Performance Solutions by Milliken (PbySM) has just completed the PbySM Process Industries Performance Study, which captured data from 153 U.S. process plants (entirely process operations, mostly process operations, or...
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Safety is Essential for Continuous Improvement

Manufacturers want their employees to be safe. Yet in 2017 in the United States alone, there were roughly 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry, of which 882,730 resulted in days away from work. In manufacturing, 115,550 injuries resulted in days away from work. Even worse, there were 5,147 fatal work injuries...
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