Additional production volume by cost optimised line modification
Due to a production relocation in the factory of one of the world´s leading pharmaceuticals companies, capacity was freed up on a syringe assembly and packaging plant.
Taking into account the actual packaging line technology as well as the specific requirments of the new products, the aim of Schubert-Consulting was to develop alternative plant concepts and evaluate the economic aspects of these.
Cost optimised Line Modification for New Production Volume
As part of an engineering study performed by Schubert-Consulting, the aim was to assess what modifications of the existing plant would have to be performed in order to enable two new additional tpyes of syringe to be assembled and packaged at the plant, taking into account their specific product requirements.
The effectiveness of the existing syringe assembly and packaging plant was analysed for various aspects of the process steps:
- Error frequency and risk
- Process reliability
Using the collated data and findings, it was possible to assess whether the new requirements would be fulfilled by the existing machines, or whether these would have to be replaced by new machines.
Five different plant concepts were developed in respect of:
- Set-up times
- Required number of operators
- Delivery period
- Operational requirements on site
- Investment costs
- Qualification costs
- Maintenance costs
- Period required for plant conversion