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New resource for calculating equipment performance

A recent licensing agreement may be of interest to the increasing number of packaging machinery OEMs and their customers who are looking for better ways to calculate equipment performance.

Procter & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, OH, has licensed its proprietary reliability engineering analysis and optimization tools to Zarpac, Inc. of Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Under the agreement, Zarpac has exclusive rights to incorporate the P&G tools into manufacturing data collection and analysis software, which will provide the ability to achieve rapid improvement in equipment performance.

This agreement allows P&G’s optimization approaches, developed in conjunction with Los Alamos National Labs, to be seamlessly integrated with Zarpac data collection and analysis software products. The P&G tool set integrates an analysis approach that changes the way equipment systems are designed, started up, and optimized on an ongoing basis. Embedding these routines in a user-friendly data collection and analysis software package can provide real-time guidance on optimal equipment speeds, improvement opportunities, and performance trend analysis.

Commenting on the agreement, ARC Advisory Group analyst Sal Spada had this to say: “The agreement between P&G and Zarpac has the potential to raise the bar in the industry for downtime and cycle analysis on high-speed packaging lines. Zarpac’s experience with accessing machine state information combined with P&G’s proven set of optimization algorithms will enable the manufacturing community to make informed decisions to improve productivity and asset efficiency.”

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