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With the recent Eskom announcements and the uncertainty surrounding them, many businesses in the plastics industry are weighing up their options with regard to ballooning energy costs. If we are to believe Eskom, then the reality is that in a few months if nothing is done by many smaller companies, energy costs will drive them …

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During the course of dealing with many people in production environments, I have frequently had to explain the importance of cycle times to people in managerial positions to enable them to better manage their businesses. This article is not meant to instruct production managers or planners as it is too basic for their requirements. I’m …

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Many companies suffer from knee jerk reaction-type approaches to disciplinary action. All successful disciplinary processes rely on only three fundamentals. If these three fundamentals are in place in a company, firstly the company will substantially reduce the need for disciplinary action, secondly, the company will be able to use the time spent pursuing disciplinary issues …

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The principle behind blow and fill technology is very simple, in the quest to reduce costs and increase efficiencies designers, engineers and accountants  wanted to eliminate the cost and risk of transporting bottles from a blow moulding factory to a filling line, which could be kilometers away, requiring additional care in packing for transport, loading, …

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Single layer packs have for many years formed the bulk of food packaging, be it for bags, film or rigid containers. The reasons for this have been ease (cost) of manufacture and low cost to users (manufacturers). The disadvantages of single layer packs, are carried by both manufacturers (packers) and end users (consumers). Packers have …

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One of the most difficult situations to deal with as a consultant when going into a business that is experiencing difficulties, is the doom and gloom employee. This is the employee, who is so mired in their own despair that they do not believe in anything other than failure. In many cases that I’ve seen, …

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Many of the premium machine suppliers offer extended warranties on their machinery. The terms and conditions may be slightly different from machine builder to machine builder, but the basic conditions are all very similar. Please note that these are generic conditions and are not applicable to any particular machine manufacturer and are only for the …

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