Yield Improvement : Juice Drinks
To improve process understanding and control in the measurement of sugars in solution in fresh juice drinks, in order to reduce false rejects and raw material giveaway...
Consumer goods – juice drinks
1 consultant, part time support, 6 months
To improve process understanding and control in the measurement of sugars in solution in fresh juice drinks, in order to reduce false rejects and raw material giveaway.
- New test method developed with test equipment manufacturer
- Raw material savings of over £1 million per annum
What inspired this manufacturer to pursue this project?
During a problem solving training session (Chartwell’s Fault Tree Modelling methodology for complex technical issues), a client participant asserted that the industry standard refractive test for measuring sugars in solution was neither accurate or repeatable. The participant used Fault Tree Modelling to establish a set of controlled conditions and proved that the inherent uncertainty lead to false product rejects, along with more than £1 million of material giveaway. This loss had been entirely hidden to the business.
Results of the 6 month project
- Raw material giveaway losses reduced by more than £1 million per annum
- The manufacturer of the test equipment released a game-changing test method