OSD manufacturing is traditionally a slow, dusty operation. In the past, the high cost of equipment meant that more focus was put on initial capital expenditures than operational ones. With increased pressure to produce more, faster, and with reduced overhead, many are looking to continuous manufacturing — another large capital expenditure — for help. But in many cases, streamlining existing operations has a lower cost and large gains.
IBCs of WIP lining the corridors. Operators traveling long distances to accomplish routine process steps. Rooms closed off and unusable for extensive cleaning periods. The signs of excess capacity are diverse and ubiquitous. Where to start?
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