A case study on maximising the profitability of a form fill and seal machine by optimising interruption intervals
CITATION: Vlok, P. J. & Fourie, C. J. 2010. A case study on maximising the profitability of a form fill and seal machine by optimising interruption intervals. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 21(1): 179-191, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7166/21-1-76.
The original publication is available at http://sajie.journals.ac.za
The practice of delivering consumer liquids in sachets, as opposed to alternative disposable packaging, has gained significant ground in the market in recent years because of environmental considerations, the cost benefit of sachets, and the relatively simple machinery required to produce sachets. In this paper, data obtained from a form, fill and seal (FFS) sachet producing machine is analysed for financial feasibility. A statistical model is fitted to the data to optimise production interruptions, and the model’s relevance and value is confirmed on a second data set obtained from the same machine.
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