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Leveraging Overall Equipment Effectiveness in Manufacturing

How do you truly measure your facilities performance? OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) is a great measure that takes three core metrics and rolls them up into one key performance indicator (KPI) that shows true operational performance. Overall Equipment Effectiveness, or OEE, in its purest form is simple and easy. Yet we as leaders make it...
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Manufacturing Talent

The System That Eliminates Wasted Talent in Manufacturing

As manufacturers learned about the seven wastes that lean organizations seek to eliminate — overproduction, waiting, conveyance/movement, processing, inventory, motion, and correction — many added an eighth: underutilized talent. This waste is most common — and most damaging to morale and bottom line — among frontline workers. Why? Usually because of outdated management structures in...
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Infographic: Preventing Process Industry Problems

  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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Optimization Gears

The Power of Proper Manufacturing Process Optimization

No process manufacturer operates a flawless plant. Eventually something will go wrong. How managers and frontline associates respond to problems in those moments will determine the difference between operational excellence and manufacturing mediocrity — or worse. The Performance Solutions by Milliken (PSbyM) Process Industries Performance Study found a wide variety of unfortunate problems in process...
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Infographic: Achieving World Class Maintenance

  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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Infographic: Supply Chain and Process Improvement

  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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Power of Maintenance

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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