Controlling Variability in Production Time

By Marketing 2 years ago

Controlling Variability in Production Time

With well-known brands like Claritin and Clarinex, pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough also manufactures brands like Dr. Scholl’s and Coppertone. Schering-Plough needed a solution that could help them simplify their complex processes and overcome the following challenges.

  • Accuracy and timeliness of manufacturing data.
  • Maintaining the highest product quality while significantly reducing production costs.
  • Wide variability in needed production time for similar products.
  • Schedule compliance.

Schering-Plough was able to identify root causes of poor performance to devise corrective actions for substantial gains in manufacturing productivity. With the consistent availability of production data, Schering-Plough was able to improve availability, maintenance, and motivated operators to make contributions towards their continuous improvement.

Schering-Plough quickly realized significant business benefits, including:

  1. 26% reduction in the unit cost of production
  2. 62% cut of overtime expenses
  3. 18% productivity increase

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