How to plan new capacity for a cement tile factory

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phucduong

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Hi all,

New CEO required me planning capacity for a cement tile factory. It is hard for me. Please help me. Any folks give me some advises or send me some reference documents? :thanx:

Rocky
 
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Coury Ferguson

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Hi all,

New CEO required me planning capacity for a cement tile factory. It is hard for me. Please help me. Any folks give me some advises or send me some reference documents? :thanx:

Rocky
I don't know about Cement Tile industry, but I am sure someone in the Cove might be able to help you. Be patient.
 

SteelMaiden

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So, you are employed by this factory?
Is this an established factory with new/improved processes and increased capability, or a brand new enterprise?
Didn't the equipment come with some sort of capability that you can start with and adjust by your variables?

I just really think that you are not going to get someone to give you an answer about what your capabilities are without a lot more information.
 
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Lundy

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Hi--I have compiled a good list of functioning cement tile operations worldwide. There are more than what is on my list, as many are small and in remote locations. But, maybe you can locate a cement tile plant close enuf to visit. These tile are heavy and shipping is difficult, so they tend to sell tile close to home. I would think a plant in a non-competitive area might share info with you. My cement tile manufacturers list is on this page, (lower half of page)
villalagoontile.com/history-of-encaustic-tiles.html

and also a slightly different list is here:
concretecottage.com/encaustic-cement-tiles.htm

The last page listed also has links to many different tile design tools.

Sorry I cannot post direct links, (forum rules) so you will have to do a copy/paste of the url.

Hope this info helps, it took me months to locate the large number of cement tile makers.

Lundy in Alabama, USA
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Coury Ferguson

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Hi--I have compiled a good list of functioning cement tile operations worldwide. There are more than what is on my list, as many are small and in remote locations. But, maybe you can locate a cement tile plant close enuf to visit. These tile are heavy and shipping is difficult, so they tend to sell tile close to home. I would think a plant in a non-competitive area might share info with you. My cement tile manufacturers list is on this page, (lower half of page)
villalagoontile.com/history-of-encaustic-tiles.html

and also a slightly different list is here:
concretecottage.com/encaustic-cement-tiles.htm

The last page listed also has links to many different tile design tools.

Sorry I cannot post direct links, (forum rules) so you will have to do a copy/paste of the url.

Hope this info helps, it took me months to locate the large number of cement tile makers.

Lundy in Alabama, USA
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Welcome Lundy to the Cove. I hope you can provide insight into this type of business. Your comments will be welcomed.

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Lundy

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I realize that you do not want spam, but considering that I have done so much research and traveled to cement tile factories in the Caribbean to photo, I think the pages I passed along are very relevant to this man's request for info. Hope so anyway !
I frequently do searches for 'cement tile' and it's other names (even in localized search engines in different countries) in hopes of locating additional plant locations or historical research in the field.
I am currently working on having reproduction cement tile made for a big Calif. school district project. The original tile was made in the States in the 20's or 30's. So far, I cannot locate any cement tile plants still in operation in the USA.
 
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phucduong

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So, you are employed by this factory?
Is this an established factory with new/improved processes and increased capability, or a brand new enterprise?
Didn't the equipment come with some sort of capability that you can start with and adjust by your variables?

I just really think that you are not going to get someone to give you an answer about what your capabilities are without a lot more information.
Sorry so less information. This factory's one of our group's factories. Our objective is increasing capapility for export in 2009, about twice times :mg:. I don't believe it and how to launch
 

somashekar

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Sorry so less information. This factory's one of our group's factories. Our objective is increasing capapility for export in 2009, about twice times :mg:. I don't believe it and how to launch
Try doing the overall equipment efficiency of your critical machines used in the plant on a 24 hour cycle. Get your working time of the machine, and the other down times. List the down times as avoidable and unavoidable down times and determine what needs to be done to reduce / eliminate the avoidable down time. You may perhaps get the capacity as well as opportunity for increasing same.
 

SteelMaiden

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Since you have an established process, following somashekar's advice is an excellent starting point. Look at your best production period(s). Why can't you produce at that rate all the time? There will be constraints such as planned and unplanned down times. What causes the unplanned down times and how can you lessen those? Maybe increased preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, maybe there is just something that needs to be replaced or retooled.
 
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phucduong

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There are some good ideas. But in this factory, a critical step that casting cement tiles by manual. Current capacity is about 150 pieces/man/day. Training period for a labour is about 3 moths for simple form and 6 months for complex form. we plan three objectives:
1. Double capacity
2. increasing productivity 10% --> involve man
3. decreasing Leadtime 50%
 
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