Glass Production Line Job Change  Training

Job Change Training

A job change of a forming machine can be compared with a pit stop at
‘Formula 1’, it is very important in order to win the race.

In a glass plant a good job change means a high first day efficiency rate and with this an increase PTM.

APEGG offer basic and advance job change training:

Basic: During the basic training students learn how to set up a forming machine/equipment correctly, here we include basic understanding of mould design and ware handling. In the training we cover the area from feeder to palletizer, in terms of ‘what is the right set up and why’.

Advanced: The advanced training programme is a long term commitment with this the customers will understand how a job change can be improved. APEGG will not only show how to improve a job change time and first day efficiency, we will also propose control plans to keep the job change times as low as possible. This training will follow the DMAIC approach.


Define: Before any active interaction on the job change, APEGG conduct an in depth audit to understand the strengths & weaknesses around job change in a glass plant. The submitted audit report provides a starting point for the training and improvement plan.

Measure: A system to specifically measure job change performance will be put in place, allowing the plant to understand the strengths & weaknesses around job change. This is to check the system to which the job change operation is conducted.

Analyse: The results gathered with the measurement system will be analysed together with the relevant people in order to establish an improvement plan. Such an improvement plan includes different procedures, aid tools and training.

Improve: Once we have together established the weaknesses of the job change operation we will together improve the process. Remember the process starts from the planning. Thanks to the implemented measurement system the results of the improvements can be seen easily.

Control: After the initial improvement it is of paramount importance to have a control plan with which the improvements/changes can be kept in place. This will help the organisation to avoid falling back into ‘old habits’ and will help new staff members to learn the process.

Changing from one job to another job (product) on a forming machine and associated equipment can be time consuming. Both, the mechanical change over and the initial production start-up influence the plant performance (PTM) negative. Especially for glass plants with multiple job changes this can cause a substantial impact on the bottom line. APEGG have developed different methodologies to decrease job change time and with this increase the profit of a glass plant.

APEGG can provide training and assistance to improve job change performance from furnace to palletizer on a tailored basis, for more details please contact us.

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