Overview of Project Requirements
The procedures carried out by the contractors were the main focus of our project. This meant we needed to spend some time with the catchers observing how the catching and transporting of the chickens was carried out. In addition to observing the process, the elements in the process needed to be timed. During our work measurement study, we gathered such things as, the trucks travelling speed, the catching rate, and how fast the modules could be loaded and unloaded from the trucks.
From our initial observation, it was clear that two obvious improvements could be made to the process. Firstly, no policy was in place as to when in the shift the trucks filled up with diesel. When they filled up at the beginning of the shift, the start time was considerably delayed, potentially increasing the risk of idle time at the plant later in the shift. Secondly, the cleaning of the modules is halted when the processing plant was idle, such as for breaks. This causes delays in reloading the trucks with clean modules, again potentially increasing the plant idle time. These issues have been presented to Tegel.
The next step was then to consult the contractors on how the scheduling was currently being performed. This proved difficult as the decision rules used by the contractor’s planner were formed from experience and changed depending on the situation.