Lean Manufacturing in Powder Processing

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Posted in: , on 10. Apr. 2007 - 17:00

Matcon opens the door on “Lean Manufacturing in Powder Processing”

Matcon Group Ltd, turnkey providers of IBC powder solutions, recently ran two conferences on “Lean Manufacturing in Powder Processing” at the Company headquarters in Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire UK.

The programme for each conference spanned two days and included academic presentations of current lean thinking as well as real solutions and case-studies for putting “lean” into practice in powder process manufacture. Topics included:-

• Manufacturing on Demand

• Minimising Work In Progress

• Mixing without cleaning

• Practical Manufacturing Execution Systems

• Efficient Traceability

• Packing with total Flexibility

• Maximising Overall Equipment Effectiveness OEE

Live full-scale powder demonstrations took place involving the latest IBC and related technology in sieving, dosing, mixing and packing.

Each of the two conferences was attended by almost 40 powder processing manufacturers who travelled from the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and mainland Europe, representing a wide variety of industries including food, pharmaceuticals, printing, ceramics, chemicals, adhesives and many more.

The attendees showed great interest and very diverse knowledge and experience on the subject of “lean” which was obvious from the high level of questions and interaction throughout. The balance of theoretical and practical content was highly appreciated. There was also ample opportunity for positive networking between attendees, including a complimentary dinner where the discussions on lean were fuelled and lubricated with plenty of good food and wine.

Attendees responded very favourably to the events, as evidenced by some of their comments:-

• “This has been a valuable 2 days, I have learnt more about how to develop a coherent lean manufacturing strategy than what I knew over the past 5 years”.

• “On the whole a very enjoyable and informative conference. Definitely some food for thought and some new ideas to pursue”.

• “A well executed conference and I am glad to have benefited from others’ expertise”

• “Thank you very much. I am looking forward to moving the relationship forward”

• “Very good conference with well delivered information”

• “The content of the conference would be of great benefit internally with operational management personnel”

Owing to the high level of interest in this subject and the success of the above conferences, Matcon will repeat them later in the year. The next conference is scheduled for June 27-28 and bookings are already being taken.

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