Reduced Test Application Note
Performance monitoring of metal detection equipment is essential to ensure it continues to work as it should. However, this often involves stopping production or wasting good product. Both of which can have a negative impact on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
There is now a way to reduce the frequency of testing
by up to 83%
This article looks at how you can reduce the frequency of metal detector testing without increasing your risk. It examines the following three key benefits you can achieve as a result.
- Increased Production Capacity
- Improved Product Quality
- Enhanced Worker Safety
Production downtime hurts the bottom line. With schedules often tight due to high demand, every stoppage represents lost production capacity and the potential for additional problems elsewhere. The frequency of routine tests for metal detectors is an area where 'acceptable' downtime can be significantly improved.
It takes time, and consistency of products and processes to build a reputation for quality. However, this hard-won reputation can suffer irreparable damage as a result of a product recall - a costly scenario every manufacturer wants to avoid. Using Reduced Test mode can help ensure increased product quality. This can be achieved by running the metal detector at a level of spherical sensitivity that is greater than your required specification to create a safety margin.
Manufacturers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees. Metal detectors in vertical packing applications are often installed in inaccessible places and conducting routine performance monitoring tests on this equipment often requires operators to work at height. Using reduced test mode can significantly reduce the number of ladder climbs required, or the need to work at height to conduct routine metal detector testing.