Jaime Jurado (1),
Chris Bourgeois (1), Peter Koestler (2), Jonel Wolleat (2); (1) Abita
Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA, U.S.A.; (2) Abita Brewing Company,
Covington, LA, U.S.A.
Technical Session 11: Engineering and Packaging
Monday, August 15 • 9:45–11:30 a.m.
Plaza Building, Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 15
In packaging, operating equipment efficiency, %OEE, is related to
common metrics, such as availability = actual operating time/planned
operating time. A stepped approach to improve packaging line uptime
begins with quantification and sharing of efficiency metrics, and
includes within it other steps, including audits which include
self-reported machine downtimes by operators, to 4-hr (in-house)
“third-party” audits, to 24-hr audits. Application of a stepped approach
I applied at Abita Brewing Company to increase %OEE in a
450-package/min line illuminates methodical and incremental improvements
to %OEE from contributions from different areas of the company and its
vendors. Measured results will be shared in this presentation.
Jaime Jurado serves as director of brewing operations at Abita
Brewing Company in Louisiana. His undergraduate degree is in chemical
engineering, and his master’s degree is in electrical engineering; he
did additional postgraduate study and engineering research for three
years. Having been employed in breweries since 1983, encompassing
national breweries, regional breweries, and craft breweries, Jaime has
had the privilege of working with many dedicated packaging managers and
their teams across his career. He is also a past president of the MBAA.