Archive for the ‘Plant Management’ Category

Converting Equipment Performance Standards

October 25, 2012

James asks:

We are creating a scorecard of manufacturing data that our facilities can use to monitor their performance. We would like to included bench mark data of industry production performances on key pieces of machinery (mini-ffgs, mid-size ffgs, large ffgs; rotary diecutters, specialty gluers, etc.). Can you tell us what benchmark might be available through the AICC?

I believe I can provide a resource for this question. Every two years TAPPI and FBA combine for a Productivity And Waste Study. They get a large participation and the final report is available to those who contribute. For all others there is a fee. You can order a copy of the study online at or

The detailed study provides data specific to machinery types, sizes and configurations. I’m sure you will find the study data very helpful.


Packaging Audits

February 9, 2012

Kevin asks;

I’m wondering if you can help me out or point me in the right direction. We offer packaging audits to our customers, I’m looking for some kind of template or check list, so we can come up with a standard format to go by each time. Do you know of such a thing or who I could contact for help?

Your email and the release of the third edition of Understanding Box Performance stimulated the staff to move forward with a webinar on auditing practices. Since it’s targeted for June, it’s not any help to you now. I will help you develop this, it’s all in my mind and not on paper yet, but in the meantime you may want to contact me “Ralph” and I’ll put you in contact with a couple industry professionals, that, to the best of my knowledge, lead the industry in the process of auditing packaging needs. They have a significant test facility also.

After you make contact with them, you can get back to me and we will massage the process.

Is there an official statement regarding +/- 10% for fulfillment of order?

July 11, 2011

Brian asked Ralph –

Hey Ralph, here’s my question:
Is there an “official” statement regarding the + or – 10% qty, constitutes fulfillment of the order?

I believe the FBA handbook has a mention of this in the Voluntary Standards section of the book. There is general agreement among my technical associates of TAPPI’s CORBOTEC that 5% is generally a reasonable shipping allowance.

– Ralph

Looking for Job Descriptions

June 15, 2011

Ross asked Ralph –

Would you have available a generic job description for a sheet plant Sales Service Manager that I could use as a base?
Appreciate any help you can give. Thank you.

Ross –

I don’t personally have anything on hand. However, there are a number of job descriptions available on the ICPF website. You may want to start with this link.

I don’t see anything there with the exact title you are asking about, but there may be something close that will provide a good template for your description.

Perhaps another reader may be able to offer some input. Does anyone have anything to share?