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    Mike the Mechanic: Your Go To Guy?

    I have been in several food plants in the last several years that utilize the “line mechanic” approach to maintenance. What this typically means is that a mechanic is assigned exclusively to a production line and told to “make it run”.
    When I discuss this with plant managers the arguments in favor of this approach go [...]

    Measuring Operations Success: Line Efficiency?

    In our experience, most production plants measure some form of theoretical efficiency to measure success of a product line. Many, if not most, of the plants that claim to be measuring OEE (overall equipment effectiveness), are, in fact, measuring some form of efficiency. This is generally because measuring OEE requires far more rigor and precision [...]