- Modernise production with new process equipment in order to diversify their product range and increase process throughput
Achievements with Simul8
Identified bottlenecks and solutions
Balanced production flow
Demonstrated and increased line output by 55%
Verified that alternative working patterns increase output by 35%
Calculated cost-benefit of new process equipment
About the project
Production Support 56 are process improvement specialists that help manufacturing businesses improve their operational efficiency and capabilities. They use a combination of predictive simulation, process improvement and process development.
Our partner Production Support 56 was appointed by Norvik Ltd to help modernise production so it could diversify its product range and increase throughput by helping identify and resolve process bottlenecks and validate new process equipment.
Norvik Ltd is an established food producer specialising in the manufacture of speciality fish cakes with an extensive portfolio of both breaded and bespoke contract processed products. The business had come under new ownership and had plans to modernise production to diversify its product range and increase process throughput.
What challenges did Production Support 56 face?
New equipment - A lot of the equipment was old and obsolete, other equipment had insufficient capacity and limited capability. Norvik had identified several items of new equipment to upgrade their line.
New shift patterns – The staff were underutilised for parts of the day, the new owners wanted to identify more efficient shift patterns.
Evaluate line performance – The new owner wanted to assess the performance of the production line and identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement.
"The assessment PS56 made of our production line has proved to be very useful and informative. Using the simulation model to test various changes and seeing the impact before making the investment has helped us enormously, we will definitely be implementing the recommendations made by the team at PS56."
Chief Executive Officer at Norvik Ltd