Manufacturers are under pressure to reduce waste across their entire packaging operation.
Here’s how it can be done.
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Overall line efficiency (OLE) is the holy grail of waste reduction and sustainability in complex packaging operations.
It’s a metric that is used to analyse the current performance of a production line in contrast to its optimal performance.
Overall line efficiency offers waste reduction at every stage of the packaging process, including:
- Energy and water consumption
- Product and packaging waste
- Time waste
It reduces the cost of:
- Menial labour hours (so they can be spent on value-adding activities)
- Labour in general
A packaging line that is fully optimised will also deliver:
- Seamless production
- Fully automated lines with automated monitoring
- Supply chain integration
- Optimised logistics schedules
- Durability and longevity of products during transit
- Reduced risks: safety, human error and product recalls
- Reduced risks to profit
- Traceability, which brings increased interaction with stakeholders, including consumers.
Let us take a closer look at OLE and how it can be measured and achieved.