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Case Studies / Re-setting the Standard

High pressure, tight budget, finite line capacity and negative labour variance… Sound familiar?

Find out how this under pressure manufacturing manager made a £330k p.a. turnaround with a 40% speed increase.


“The speed of the machine was set at 65 packs per minute against a costed target of 95. Perception was that biscuits broke more easily at the higher speed.”


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This is the best I’ve seen this line run…I never thought we’d be able to get it up to this speed.

Operator – Bakery

Firstly, Reckitt Benckiser and LI pulled together to improve efficiency levels and there was a focus on both external and internal resources. Before LI arrived efficiency was not good. Secondly, there was good methodology and training using operators to support its implementation. Thirdly, there was daily and hourly focusing on performance. Since LI left, improvements have been sustained.

Bart Derde, Supply Projects Director (Europe), Reckitt Benckiser