November 29, 2017
Marel: Reaching full potential with Innova IMPAQT
A modern poultry processing plant is a complex network of interconnecting processes operating at high speed, says Marel Poultry.
It is particularly susceptible to the well-known butterfly effect where a small issue upstream can result in a much larger one downstream. Empty shackles - whether they occur at hang-on or elsewhere in the process - are a good example of a lost profit opportunity. It is therefore important that plant management has at its fingertips a tool, which can immediately pinpoint such issues, allowing quick remedial action to be taken.
To meet this challenge, Marel Poultry has developed the Innova IMPAQT software, an "intelligent monitoring of performance availability and quality trends" based on OEE, the industry standard for measuring production effectiveness.
By making information available real-time, IMPAQT takes the OEE concept much further. Sensors embedded in equipment from live bird handling through all departments right up to the end of the line continuously gather information, allowing data on performance, availability and quality to be analysed and scored minute by minute. A 100% IMPAQT score means that there is no downtime and indicates that all equipment are operating at their designed capacity and producing "A" grade end products.
IMPAQT presents its information centrally and by department on clear, easy-to-read dashboards. Historical data is also available, which allows current effectiveness to be compared to past situations. This helps ensure solid decision making, based on well-founded facts.
IMPAQT points up all losses and shows the way to an improved process. If there is an issue with any equipment anywhere in the plant, both the issue itself and its exact location will be immediately visible, allowing production management to draw up fast and effective plan of action. There is no longer any need to wait for written reports at the end of production. Valuable time is gained, as issues which could impact on productivity and profitability can be tackled straight away. According to Marel, IMPAQT is the only tool available in the industry to determine in real time the causes for loss.
"Innova IMPAQT software truly unlocks the full potential of a Marel line," Marel said. "It will also motivate production managers to keep on "upping their game". By impacting positively on performance, availability and quality, IMPAQT can save its users money right from day one."