Live from PACK EXPO Las Vegas—Asset Reliability

Successful asset reliability programs are a continuous process. While data is key, changing the culture is one of the biggest challenges.

Close to forty CPGs, OEMs and Contract Packagers met early Monday to kick off the PACK EXPO Las Vegas show with Vision 2025. Today’s topic, asset reliability, found most participants at a very early or intermediate stage of driving their plants to produce actionable metrics to improve processing and packaging performance.

“We are data rich and information poor,” said panelist Dana Greenly from Emerson Automation. Most participants agreed, saying the resources to have people dedicated to gathering and analyzing the data often fall prey to “we need to get this done, now.” Indeed, keeping the asset reliability process top of mind is a challenge.

Charles Weinberg General Manager of Manufacturing Solutions International, a contract packager, stressed that improving efficiency at first might be easy—moving from 30% to 60% is not that complicated. But moving from 85% to 87% efficiency is not easy.

Following the panel, discussion groups broke out to determine top challenges for asset reliability success.

Each group reached agreement that while data and resources to analyze the data are challenges, the number-one issue is changing the company culture and maintaining that change as the organization moves forward.

CPGS called for OEMs to build partnerships beyond the transaction. Including getting involved earlier in the equipment selection, training and installation process.

CPGs recognize that OEMs are in business to sell equipment, but they should take notice when a CPG is reordering a particular part more often than expected, and they should reach out to the CPG to see if a change needs to be made to equipment design.

More inclusive warranties, short training videos, and recognizing that operability, maintainability and reliability should be a focus from Day 1, the CPGs all said.

Many food companies were represented, but beverage, pharma and personal care companies participated as well.