Case Study: Estimating Product Giveaway
A food manufacturer provided Hertzler Systems with scanned copies of On-line Test Sheets. These sheets provide approximately 15 hours of weight data taken from one product, on one fill line.
Header information from these pages identified the product, target weight, label claim, MAV, and so forth. The relevant columns include the Tester Initials (column 1), Time (2 & 3), Weights (4 & 5), and comments (14). In addition, the food manufacturer personnel also provided estimates or actual values for material costs and production volumes.
Hertzler Systems staff entered this data into a proprietary weight control calculator. The calculator returns several critical values: Mean, Percent Overfill, Cost of Overfill, and the number of MAV Violations. With this information in hand, we can manipulate “what if?” variables to design an optimized system. This enables us to compare the current cost of Overfill with a projected Overfill cost under various scenarios.