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Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, October/Fall 2016

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21 Fall 2016 Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News • pmpnews.com 2 . P r o v i d e P r o p e r T r a i n - ing for Operators. Sufficiently trained employees are as vital as ful- ly functioning equipment. Compa- nies may provide basic training for operators when hiring them, but as machinery is replaced and program- ming changes, operators may not fully understand how to handle new equipment. Production line manag- ers should not only provide exten- sive introductory training, but they should also provide training when new equipment comes in to help make sure they're familiar with it prior to operation. While operators might be familiar with one piece of equipment, they may be unsure about how to operate equipment with updated mechanics and programs. Certain companies that sell liquid-filling equipment will also ofer operator training services to help accustom employees to newly installed machines, preparing them for when the equipment starts working. With operators on your team who know exactly how to operate all of the equipment utilized in your facility, you can benefit from maximized productiv- ity and subsequently more profitability. 3. Implement a Performance Improvement Plan. Another highly efective way to increase efciency is to come up with a performance improve- ment plan that measures your facility's output and gives you ideas about how to further improve it. Through perfor- mance improvement, you can develop procedures that help guarantee maxi- mum profitability. Using a performance improvement plan, you can pinpoint areas of inef- ficiency among the workforce and determine whether more training is necessary or whether a new piece of machinery is ideal for implementation in your liquid filling and other packag- ing systems. By ensuring your equipment and employees are performing the way they should, with procedures in place that are helping maintain adequate efciency in your facility, you'll be able to benefit from a production line that gives you the best achievable results. KEEP YOur FAcIlItY EFFIcIEnt WIth PrOductIvE EquIPmEnt And StAFF With the help of preventative main- tenance checks, operator training, and overall performance improve- ment, pharmaceutical companies can prevent their liquid-filling lines from becoming dangerously inefficient. You'll be able to identify potential issues before they become immensely problematic, determining the steps you need to take to improve employee ef- ciency or improve your equipment. To keep machines from break- ing down, preventative maintenance is invaluable. Operator training will make sure that your employees con- tinue to help give you the results you want, with all of the knowledge and expertise necessary to properly handle all equipment. With a performance improvement plan integrated into your operations, you can further determine which areas of your production line could benefit from additional atten- tion. Combining all three of these cru- cial elements will enable you to stay on top of your facility's operations, with minimal issues regarding inefciency of production. Krys Beal oversees the inside sales and marketing department at E-PAK Machinery Inc., a manufacturer of in- line liquid packaging machinery (www. epakmachinery.com). 0 E-PAK Machinery's cap sorting machine. With operators on your team who know exactly how to operate all the equipment utilized in your facility, you can beneft from maximized productivity.

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