Short Interval Control

Harford Short Interval Control Solutions offer quick and focused reviews of performance data during the shift, enabling mid-course corrections and immediate small-scale fixes that collectively result in significant performance improvements

Short Interval Control Systems – Improving Manufacturing Performance

Short Interval Control is one of Harford’s key specialities, which also helps to drive OEE performance improvement. Many high-profile clients have asked for a more immediate display of factory/line performance to encourage more immediate and appropriate improvement actions.

Our real-time short interval control (SIC) solution shows analysed results broken down into hours, typically displayed on large 50″ screens in stainless steel, waterproof housings (if required) across the production facility.

Enhancing Production Performance & Operational Efficiency

The majority of companies are looking for not just an instant display of ‘what is’, but also a display of ‘what is in need of immediate attention’ and ‘actions to improve performance’.  Whilst the concept of SIC is not new in itself, Harford’s presentation of SIC, with its associated screens and drill-downs, is quite unique.  This is obvious, not only in the way in which we display prioritised and actionable information to determine root cause, rather than simply real time results, but also through the additional use of 5 Whys and Fishbone Diagrams.

Real time results are easy for any SIC system, but the Harford actionable information requires the real time results to be passed through additional performance improvement algorithms to show the aforementioned prioritised actions.

Where these actions are unclear or may have more than one ‘ideal’ route, engagement through operational personnel is encouraged to have regular ‘huddles’, possibly bi-hourly or tri-hourly, to choose the best course of actions as determined by the team.

Simple Visualisation Improves Visibility & Insight

Simple graphics have the effect of making production performance immediately visible to operators and managers alike and, at the same time, give operators very visible new goals to aim for, thereby encouraging ongoing improvements in production output.

Because SIC is usually split into hourly reports throughout the day, it avoids the annoying situation of getting to the end of the day only to see in the daily report the opportunities which were missed.

Our latest SIC has been seen by many as a real gamechanger.

Solutions for a Range of Industries

Short Interval Control is especially vital in industries such as FMCG, Food & Beverage, Health & Beauty, Pharmaceutical and Chemical, where efficient production processes and quick response times are critical. By implementing Short Interval Control solutions, manufacturers can reduce lead times, improve production agility, optimise resource utilisation, and achieve better overall equipment effectiveness. This approach ensures streamlined operations, enables faster delivery of products, and supports factories in meeting market demands effectively.

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Real-Time Monitoring

Stay updated on production status for proactive decision-making.

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Predictive Insights

Leverage advanced analytics to anticipate potential issues and take proactive measures.

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Comparing Production Lines Results

Evaluate and compare the performance of different production lines.

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Mid-Course Corrections

Quickly address minor issues to prevent affecting overall production efficiency.

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Email Notifications

Receive timely notifications and alerts regarding critical events.

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Why Work with Harford Control?

Harford Short Interval Control Solutions not only empowers factories with control over their production line through mid-course corrections,  immediate small-scale fixes and real-time visibility but also enhance operator engagement and ownership, driving cultural change within the organisation for sustained improvement.

We provide tailored Short Interval Control solutions, comprehensive support and training, seamless integration with existing systems, and a proven track record of driving operational excellence. Our OEE/Operational Efficiency solutions can be integrated into the overall Harford MIS/MES system.

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  • What is Short Interval Control (SIC)?

    Short Interval Control (SIC) is a management technique used in manufacturing to improve operational efficiency by implementing regular, short-interval monitoring and adjustment of production processes. It involves frequent performance evaluations, identification of issues, and prompt corrective actions to minimize deviations, optimize productivity, and enhance overall process control.

  • What are the benefits of implementing Short Interval Control?

    Implementing Short Interval Control offers several benefits, including improved process control, reduced downtime, increased productivity, and enhanced overall equipment effectiveness. It enables real-time monitoring and rapid response to deviations, reduces waste and rework, enhances quality, and promotes a proactive approach to continuous improvement.

  • How does Short Interval Control contribute to operational efficiency?

    Short Interval Control contributes to operational efficiency by providing a systematic approach to monitor and optimize processes in real-time. It allows for quick identification and resolution of issues, minimizes idle time, reduces bottlenecks, and improves resource utilization. By proactively managing operations at short intervals, it helps maximize productivity and achieve operational excellence.

  • What are the key components of Short Interval Control?

    The key components of Short Interval Control include setting clear performance targets for each interval, real-time monitoring of relevant metrics, effective communication channels, rapid issue identification, and timely corrective actions. It requires engaged and empowered teams, efficient data collection and analysis systems, and a culture of continuous improvement.

  • How can Short Interval Control be implemented?

    Implementing Short Interval Control involves defining the desired performance targets, establishing monitoring systems, and implementing a structured process for capturing and analysing data at short intervals. It requires training and empowering teams to identify and address issues promptly, as well as establishing effective communication channels for sharing information and coordinating actions.

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