How Removing Changeover Can Increase Conveyor Line Efficiencies

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Changeover is defined as the work and time involved between making the last good product of one recipe and making the next good product that from a different recipe at normal production speed. According to Consulting Engineer magazine, the losses associated with changeovers range from 5% to 25% of available production hours — can be eliminated.

For high-volume food and consumer goods manufacturers, every minute of changeover down-time can cost thousands of dollars in unproduced product. In high-capacity production environments, forward thinking manufacturers look to minimize or eliminate the need for changeover and at the same time plan for system adaptability for product sizes of the future.

In this white paper, conveyor equipment and controls solutions are highlighted that solve the problem of increasing through-put on multi-SKU lines.