Packing Consulting Service optimizes packaging line efficiency.

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Designed to detect process-disturbing factors, Overall Equipment Effectiveness Consulting Service starts with OEE audit, where experts review current manufacturing set-up and gather data about machine availability, performance, and output quality. Based on audit findings, experts present detailed plan of action to detect root causes of losses and improve line efficiency. Recommendations can include installing new equipment, modernizing existing equipment, and preventive maintenance activities.

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Interpack 2011 New Consulting Service from Bosch Optimizes Packaging Line Efficiency

o Tailored solutions to improve overall efficiency

o Focus on increasing machine availability, performance and output quality

o Continuous monitoring boosts productivity and profits

At Interpack 2011 in Düsseldorf, Bosch Packaging Technology introduced the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) Consulting Service. As competition intensifies, increasing efficiency continues to be a main objective of food and pharmaceutical manufacturers. To support this, Bosch offers a new consulting service to detect process-disturbing factors, such as downtime, low machine output and product waste. "Every minute of production counts and it is therefore crucial for manufacturers to determine the exact causes of losses to maximize overall line efficiency," said Roland Pichler, Manager OEE Consulting, Bosch Packaging Technology.

The structured approach identifies root causes of losses in availability, performance and quality. The individually tailored solutions will also suggest improvements to implement. Bosch specialists work closely with manufacturers throughout this process and offer the expertise and technical know-how to ensure productivity and profits are optimized over the long-term.

The OEE Consulting service starts with an OEE audit, where Bosch experts review the current manufacturing set-up including individual machines and entire packaging lines. Production data is gathered about three key areas: machine availability, performance and output quality.

A detailed, statistical evaluation of the data is then conducted. Reviewing machine availability data allows Bosch to identify sources of unplanned downtime. The performance assessments determine the amount of output wasted by running machines at less than optimal speed. Finally, output quality is dissected to understand how much time is wasted from producing products that do not meet quality standards. Bosch conducts the evaluation of the three key areas across an extended period of time and summarizes data in a report to provide insights into overall line efficiency.

Detailed action plan

Based on the audit findings, Bosch experts present a detailed plan of action to detect the root causes of any losses and improve line efficiency. Improvements can be achieved through reducing downtime, improving process flow, reducing waste, increasing machine output and boosting quality. Recommendations include installing new equipment, modernizing existing equipment, and preventive maintenance activities such as maintenance team training. As part of the OEE Consulting service, Bosch also provides continuous performance monitoring showing improvements resulting from implemented recommendations and providing ongoing advice on additional line adjustments.

The Bosch division Packaging Technology, based in Waiblingen (Germany), is one of the leading suppliers in the field of packaging technology. In 16 countries worldwide it develops and produces complete systems in packaging and process technology for the pharmaceutical, confectionery and food industries. Customized system solutions complete the service package. Bosch Packaging Technology's sales and service teams operate worldwide. More information at

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 285,000 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros in fiscal 2010. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is repre­sented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent 3.8 billion euros for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both inno­vative and beneficial.

Bosch is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as a "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering." The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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