Tagged: Minor Stops
In my company (Packaging Solutions) there is film/product jams at the end of the multivac machine. I think it is may be problem with blades that cutting the sealed product and height of the conveyor belt that is positioned after multivac machine. Can anyone suggest any your ideas on it.
@M.venkatesh100 – I have much experience with these machines. In order to diagnose the problem, you need to examine the material and machine. A high speed video camera will help in the diagnosis. Trying to do so without physical examination is nearly impossible.
I don’t have much experience in this field. I joined as intern, few days ago. Can you briefly explain how to go ahead.
@M.venkatesh100 – sorry, I’ve given you about as much as I can without actually examining the machines. If you want to contract for my services, just let me know.
What you’re experiencing is known as a “minor stop” … i.e., less than 3 minutes downtime and usually corrected by the operator. The root causes are often tied to misalignment, unsecure fasteners and the like.
As has been suggested, one way to troubleshoot the problem is to video the action and then slow it down so you can see the problems. I have also had success sketching the system. As you sketch, you will often see areas for additional observation. Whether the observations are the root cause at the moment doesn’t matter as the ultimate goal is to get “everything” working as it should.
You do not want to do this alone. I have over 30 years experience in plants and wouldn’t touch this by myself. You want at least one operator and at least one mechanic with you.
Hope that helps!
To the original poster,
Have you gathered data on specifics. Consider using the DMAIC approach and define the problem including getting data on % or ppm failure rates and gather a team together.
That team should have a project champion (identified in the charter) AND be sure to do a process map and identify ALL potential X’s. Gather data on the X’s and your Y’s to begin to understand how the process performs and can begin to use analysis tools to find a likely X besides using just other tools.