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Mike525
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posted 07 April 2000 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike525   Click Here to Email Mike525     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking for some criteria and / or a good definition of Key Process Equipment (KPE) as identified in 4.9.g.1 of the QSR for QS9K. We're trying to come to grips with evaluating tooling wear on KPEs, but the criteria that we established - run 2 shifts, 5 days per week - literally includes every piece of equipment in our plant (last count I think it was 2000 pcs of KPE). Some ideas I'm tossing around are - would it affect shipment to the customer; is there duplication of the process; what is the worst case scenario for mean time to repair. Any other ideas or thoughts on this would be greatly appriciated.

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posted 08 April 2000 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc Smith   Click Here to Email Marc Smith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're on the right track. Fork trucks are generally duplicated - even so you can typically get a replacement the same day. If you have a pick-and-place, it may be the only one so it better be 'watched' closely.

Also consider bottle necks. If your 'weak link' is prep for the pick-and-place, it may be the prep is more important (or as important) to address.

Do remember there is a limit. You cannot back up every piece of equipment or have 'adequate' spare parts for every piece of equipment. This is similar to how you have to look at contingency plans. How can you plan for a hurricane or tornado or earth quake?

There are some things that you can trade off. There may be no need to keep a spare motor on hand if it can be purchased from Grainger (or other distributor or supplier) in a few hours or a day. If you have 2 mixers that run 10 hours a day, if one goes down the other can handle the volume by running 20 hours a day until the broken one is fixed.

A lot of this is 'common sense' decisions by you.

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Laura M
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posted 09 April 2000 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Laura M   Click Here to Email Laura M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with the "common sense." Where I used to work I had alot of people trying to convince me that Key process equipment was where KEy Product characteristics were manufactured!! I final convinced them that the word KEY didn't automatically link the 2 requirements. We had a 300 ton punch press, and hundreds of smaller ones. The only Key equipment in that department was the 300 ton one. One furnace in die cast, but alot of die cast machines. The furnace was 'key'. (Even then it got debated because we could have bought trucks of molten aluminum.)

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