InterBULK USA, LLC. is continually focused on making operations more profitable. During recent on-site visits to two facilities, InterBULK identified process improvements that produced financial and efficiency gains once implemented. In both operations, the following modifications were made based on InterBULK recommendations:
Problem: Client was unable to fill required 20 bulk bags/hour
When on-site for the first time at our client's facility, InterBULK noticed that the operator was filling 15 bulk bags/hour through a single bag filling station a rate that fell below the customer's target.
Our advisor immediately recognized that, with slight process modification, the current rate of throughput could be increased to upwards of 20 bulk bags/hour. InterBULK suggested that tying-off filled bulk bags right at the filling station was causing unnecessary wait time.
The recommendation to the client was to alter the process-move the untied bag away from the station for tie-off in order to allow the fill operator to immediately start hanging and filling the next bulk bag on the line. Tying-off a just-filled bag away from the fill station eliminated all operator wait time.
By making this modest process improvement the customer increased output and sales for their product by 33%.