Sundown Products Limited is a well-established manufacturer serving farmers and other customers with a range of products including high-quality cattle feed, horse and poultry bedding.
It has always been committed to continuous investment and improvement. As part of this, Managing Director David Cubitt decided that planned preventative maintenance was a smart investment and decided to install ShireSystem Computerised Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) to support its manufacturing process.
Chief Engineer Mark Robertson is now leading this initiative and explained to us how the software is being used to help the company document and better manage its manufacturing. Over the course of the past year, he has actively worked with the software and towards continuous improvement and uptime, helping to drive a 30% increase in productivity.
To minimise the risk and cost of production downtime, ShireSystem software is being used to help Mark document every single equipment asset, part and consumable item on which the plant relies. Building the database has helped Mark start down the path to preventative maintenance management already:
“By collecting information over the course of a year I’ve gained a good idea of how long each consumable item lasts. Now ShireSystem will flag up every morning anything that is about to wear out and needs changing, and I have a list of tasks for the day.”
The ability to see what is ahead in order to budget better for maintenance and manage the inventory of spares and consumables are further advantages. Mark recognised these, saying: “Being able to see from the software what I need to do over the next six months means I can plan a comprehensive budget of what everything is going to cost me. In the past, I had no idea because I didn’t know what might go wrong, but now I can budget for critical spares, for consumables, and for my labour needs.”
The value of forward visibility is becoming even greater as productivity improves. Productivity has grown from six tonnes per hour to eight tonnes per hour over the past year, but sustaining this relies on continuous, problem-free manufacturing.