We’ve been talking in this blog about the need for companies to awaken their Industrial “6th Sense” and escape the estimated $1 Trillion annual drag caused by global waste and inefficiency.
In our last post, I mentioned the great contortionist and escape artist, Harry Houdini. If you’ve ever seen films of Houdini in action, you can imagine the methodical preparation this incredible illusionist applied to pulling off his magic and surviving the seemingly insurmountable predicaments he put himself in.
How can industrial operators and plant managers apply Houdini’s rigor and take actionable steps to evaluate and escape their own productivity and waste traps?
At LumaSense, we’ve developed the LS6 Process Efficiency Methodology – Six steps to achieving sustainable process efficiency and waste reduction.
Our collaborative 6th Sense approach consists of six steps that effectively put companies on the path to rooting out waste and inefficiency. These six steps may sound trivial and trite, but take a step back and think about what you are trying to accomplish with waste reduction and efficiency improvement. As they always say, it is best to measure twice and cut once.
We listen to understand our clients’ productivity issues and the scope of what they need and want.
Applying our Six Factor Formula for Process Efficiency (see previous post), we review our clients’ current processes and analyze what can be done to improve them.
We design the optimal and most cost-efficient solution for our clients’ situation, employing a combination of sensors and software/automation.
We document the scope of work required and validate that the proposed solution meets our clients’ needs and can be cost-effectively implemented.
We provide our clients with a turnkey solution that meets their efficiency goals, help them install it and train them on how to use it.
We verify the solution performs as specified, now and for the long term, and that our clients are satisfied with the results.
Our ultimate goal is to help our clients achieve their desired level of efficiency as defined below:
PE Index Level 1 encompasses basic “Best Practice” technologies. Our efficiency experts identify areas where production performance is impinged by unnecessary waste of energy, materials, or personnel. Detection sensors are installed where needed to support current standard requirements on an ad hoc basis, without comprehensive integration into the customer’s production process (i.e., not across all plants, generators etc.).
At PE Index Level 1, customers can expect to realize predictable efficiency gains of 1 to 2%.
PE Index Level 2 implements “Best Available” technologies, integrating one or several sensors into a portion of a customer’s production process to provide real-time information that can be used to evaluate the viability of a comprehensive deployment across the enterprise.
At PE Index Level 2, customers can realize predictable efficiency gains of 2 to 4%.
PE Index Level 3 is achieved by harnessing “World Class” technologies. Via a comprehensive analysis of the entire production process, we fully integrate LumaSense sensors and software across the entire operation for maximum process control and efficiency improvements.
At PE Index Level 3, customers can realize predictable efficiency gains of more than 4%, which can translate into millions of dollars in bottom-line savings.
Hopefully you stuck with me as I tried to make sense of LumaSense’s teamwork approach to helping our customers realize progressive performance improvements that directly impact the bottom line. We have used this approach for over 20 years, so we know it works and we have proven results to show this.
How can we work with you to hone your 6th Sense and tap your inner Houdini to escape waste and inefficiency?