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Visualizing Hidden Information —
Addressing the Challenges Associated with Integrating OEM Equipment into Production and Plant Operations
Featured Speaker: Eric Allen
Senior Technical Manager
JM Smucker Company
There are many challenges associated with integrating original equipment manufacturer (OEM) equipment into the production line and plant operations. While data visualization is never easy, displaying meaningful data to the line operator from OEM equipment often presents unique challenges.
Reduce Downtime, Increase Effectiveness: OEM Equipment is often delivered to meet minimum specifications, or what the manufacturer includes in the standard package. There are few tools for troubleshooting, root cause analysis, or optimization. This creates challenges that have a real impact on productivity, quality, and profitability. The machines often behave like a black box: so what do you do when the machine is down, runs inefficiently, or just won’t start up? Learn options for dealing with OEM machines and finding the wealth of hidden information waiting to be exposed.
Eric's presentation will discuss:
- A specific example of how one piece of equipment was delivered with minimal features to meet the procurement specifications
- How machine obscurity due to lack of features and cost cutting influences operations, start-ups, trouble shooting, and continual improvement
- Easy ways to capture and display production information, stops, stop causes, and rates
- How graphics can make sense of cryptic numerical settings. If your high-end technical resources spend too much time solving “simple” problems, this real-world example will give you some great ideas
Register today and find out how to reduce downtime & increase effectiveness by visualizing your hidden information.
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||Senior Technical Manager at JM Smucker Company's Folger Coffee facility in Kansas City, MO
Over 20 years experience in a variety of engineering and operational management positions with Folger Coffee, including a number of new equipment start‐ups, data collection and controls integration efforts, leadership of performance improvement efforts, and managing day to day operations of production departments.
||Eric has managed capital projects of up to $10 million as well as annual operating budgets of $10 million. He has led organizational change, implementing self‐directed teams in a union factory, leading a number of plant pillars in Total Productive Maintenance, as well as delivering results through the systemic use of automated data‐driven metrics. In‐depth technical knowledge in packaging machinery design and troubleshooting, making numerous technical contributions, utilizing expertise in Control Loop Tuning, Web Control Theory, programming of Programmable Logic Controllers, Human Machine Interfaces, and set‐up of virtual computers.
||Experienced pillar owner for Autonomous Maintenance, Focused Improvement, Education and Training, Leadership, Initiative Management
Statistical Process Control, Control Loop Health, Web Handling, Front End Engineering, Total Quality Management, Reliability Engineering;
Allen‐Bradley and Siemens PLC, Wonderware, GE Proficy Plant Applications and Historian, Computer Networking, Computer Virtualization;
||Family (wife and two children), playing golf and basketball, gardening