I recently attended and was invited to speak at the SQF conference in Orlando FL. It was a great event and had a good turn out. The theme of the conference turned out to be Continuous Improvement. As we know, continuous improvement is a key program to our Management System. How effective is your program? How do you know? From a basic standpoint, if we have reduced customer complaints, reduced hold product, and have lower deviations in our HACCP program, then we have an effective continuous improvement program. However, on a much larger scale, we have to consider other programs. Safety, Maintenance, Logistics, and Production to name a few. If we dive deeper in these programs we will be able to identify those improvement opportunities more readily. Lets look at one opportunity from each area. Safety; If we reduce safety incident by one our savings is about $50,000. We have not only improved our safety rate we have improved budget by $50,000. Maintenance; if we improve our Preventive Maintenance Program to 100 % PM completion on a monthly basis, we improve our downtime, productivity, and efficiency numbers as well. Budget is also improved by about 12%. Logistics; improve load errors, and improve customer complaints. Production; improve efficiency and improve labor costs. In all of these examples budget will be positively impacted. The fact is, improvement starts with a dynamic Continuous Improvement Program. Evaluate your program today!
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