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Head up : Continuously improving the efficiency of the filling department

Rijckevorsel, A.C.S.M. van (2006) Head up : Continuously improving the efficiency of the filling department. Master's Thesis / Essay, Industrial Engineering and Management.

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Abstract

The company Akzo Nobel is world leader in coatings and has a high capacity. Unfortunately in the last couple of years the market for paint has been declining in Europe. The business unit Akzo Nobel Decorative Coatings Europe has experienced this declining market, which has led to overcapacity in some factories. As the competition is fierce the business unit wants to reduce costs at all sites; ‘Sell more, spend less’. The management is clear; factories that improve and achieve well keep volume, if not they lose it. Losing a lot of volume can lead to closure, so not improving is not an option. The Advanced Tinting Plant of Akzo Nobel Decorative Coatings Groot-Ammers is a small factory for Akzo Nobel. To ensure the future of the plant it is necessary to improve. The management wants to do this in a continuous way together with the employees to keep on improving in the future. The management of the plant wants bottom line results at the key area of the plant. They want to improve the speed decisive factor of the plant, the filling head of the filling machine in the filling department, a small but important part of the plant. Of course the surroundings of the filling head and of the department must be considered as well. This has led to the objective of the research: Develop a method to continuously improve the efficiency of the filling department of the Advanced Tinting Plant and to gain insight in the factors that influence this efficiency, now and in the future. This will lead to tangible benefits on the Key Performance Indicators of Akzo Nobel and eventually to a lower cost price and better performance in comparison with its competitors. And the entral research question: How can a method be developed to continuously improve the efficiency of the filling department?

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/8358

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