“What can’t be measured,” as an old proverb goes, “can’t be managed.” Seaboard Folding Box Company, Inc. has learned that what can be measured can be markedly improved – a feat it’s accomplishing every day with the help of a package of analytical and advisory services from Heidelberg.
The Westminster, Mass. company has been benefiting from the program since installating a Speedmaster XL 106-8+LYYL press in 2016. The package of services now is part of Lifecycle Solutions, Heidelberg’s coordinated offering of productivity-enhancing resources for its customers (see cover story).
What initially attracted CEO Michael Mazur to the program was its data-gathering component – a capability that Seaboard needed but didn’t have.
Now, running data from the control console of the Speedmaster XL 106 is continuously presented and updated in Heidelberg Assistant, an interface that enables Mazur to keep a steady tab on all aspects of press performance.
The Heidelberg Assistant portal displays key performance indicators (KPIs), catalogs service work orders and history, and connects to the Heidelberg eShop for purchasing wear-and-tear parts and consumables. Mazur gets additional insights from Prinect Analyze Point, a software tool for tracking jobs and monitoring production workflow.
Seaboard’s consultation with Heidelberg also includes monthly conference calls and a yearly on-site evaluation with a Heidelberg Performance Advisor. The monthly calls review progress on KPIs and recommend, in months when goals aren’t being met, steps for improvement. In the annual visits, Heidelberg specialists evaluate processes and operator performance and deliver a detailed report on what they find to management.
“Definitely pleased” is Mazur’s reaction to results achieved to date (see box). “Overall performance has certainly improved,” he says. In operation for more than 40 years, Seaboard manufactures standard and custom folding cartons for all product requirements.
Its acquisition of another carton producer in 2017 made it one of the top suppliers to the paperboard packaging market in the Northeast. About 150 people work at its 150,000-sq.-ft. plant in Westminster, where theSpeedmaster XL 106 works alongside a Speedmaster CD 102 and other equipment from Heidelberg.
Seaboard’s package of Lifecycle Solutions performance services is helping to ansure that everything in the plant is being put to its best use. As Mazur says, “Every improvement in downtime and speed is a net gain in efficiency.”
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