Informance complements our strategic efforts to migrate all business unites to common platforms.
Cargill, Corporate VP and CTO
EMI applications, such as Informance, generally begin to deliver value within days of being installed, offering an ROI that's measured in weeks and months, not years.
AMR Research, Research Director
We consistently strive for best-in-class manufacturing performance. Informance enables effective continuous improvement, which is key to manufacturing flexibility, low variability, and, ultimately, outstanding customer value.
Diageo Plainfield, VP Supply
Informance allows us to apply TPM loss elimination principles across our plants... We now have visibility of this information regardless of where you sit and can help replicate the improvement gains across multiple factories.
Unilever, Plant Manager
Schienvar calls the Informance Manufacturing Intelligence Suite used at L'Oreal a 'beautiful tool.'
L'Oreal, Logistic Director
Informance gives us visibility into all of the facilities across our plant network to drive operational success.
AkzoNobel, Supply Chain VP
The competitive climate is changing at an increasing pace. Managers are drowning in data, but starving for relevant information.
Pacific Lutheran University,
Former President APICS
By focusing on operator-identified problems, we addressed the obstacles from each operation within the value stream.
JohnsonDiversey, Plant Manager
We can show the cost of not spending capital at the push of a button.
Ventura, VP Manufacturing
2009-2010 Manufacturing Benchmark Study
For a period of seven months, Solarsoft researchers studied 725 global manufacturing operations worldwide. Researchers used Solarsoft MEI patented analytics to collect data, derive insight and discover correlations to operational success of tactical and strategic actions.
Benchmarking is the practice of determining your performance levels and comparing them to other companies in your industry. There are two main types of benchmarking: performance benchmarking and best practice benchmarking. Performance benchmarking focuses on comparing performance levels in one company to the entire industry. However, performance benchmarking does not offer any clues around what actions to take to drive improvement in the lacking areas. This is where best practice benchmarking comes in. This type of benchmarking study compares performance metrics as well as the methodology of best-in-class companies. Our "Closing the Perception Gap" article explains this and the importance of benchmarking in greater detail.
Solarsoft conducts best practice benchmarking to demonstrate how practices of best-in-class companies impact manufacturing performance. Researchers use 3-6 months of real-time manufacturing performance data aggregated using Solarsoft Manufacturing Execution & Intelligence solutions. Researchers use OEE to rank manufacturing operations because it is simple to calculate, easy to understand, and takes into account several key performance indicators at once. By correlating attributes of best-in-class performers across a variety of metrics, executives have the ability to gain insight and direction. Manufacturers can use Solarsoft performance benchmark studies as a starting point to understand how they stack up against peers and develop an action plan for operational improvement.
Each year, Solarsoft publishes a number of benchmark studies across manufacturing industries that include consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and industrial products. Our IMPACT Consultants work with a myriad of companies so we can help you understand and apply best practices from peers in other industries.
Explore our latest benchmark studies:
Manufacturing Benchmark Highlights
- Researchers leveraged 725 global manufacturing operations to collect 337 years of manufacturing data that tracked the production of 9.1 billion units the largest benchmarking study yet!
- Typical plants in the CPG industry average more than 88,100 minor stops per year (interruptions lasting 10 minutes or less). View the full CPG Benchmark here.
- Food and Beverage manufacturers struggle the most with equipment failures. However, best in class manufactures have found ways to minimize those losses. Equipment failures are only 6% of capacity for best in class manufacturers, but they represent 16% of capacity for the lowest quartile. View the full Food and Beverage Benchmark here.
- Pharmaceutical manufacturing operations struggle the most with changeovers and short, frequent stops. Changeovers on average take up 14% of capacity compared with the 3% average across all industries, which is almost five times more! View the full Pharmaceutical Benchmark here.
- Despite having reliable machinery, industrial manufacturers have problems of their own. Laggards have 7x more shutdown losses than best in class in the industry. View the full Industrial Benchmark for the full story.
- How do you stack up against peers in your industry? Contact Solarsoft for a customized study that analyzes your plant in context with your industry.
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
| ||Best in Class ||Middle 50% ||Laggards|
|Food & Beverage ||77.7% ||61.7% ||42.4%|
|CPG ||82.0% ||54.9% ||29.9%|
|Industrial ||89.9% ||55.5% ||41.8%|
|Pharmaceutical ||45.2% ||30.8% ||23.5%|
Schedule a briefing of the study findings and learn how best in class consumer packaged goods companies achieve the following results:
During the exclusive briefing, we will share insights and strategies gathered during the comprehensive study. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about how to adapt these best-in-class strategies for your own business.
- Run with 8x fewer minor stops
- Achieve 5x fewer shutdowns
- Reduce changeovers by 16x
- Outperform laggards' OEE by 173%
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