• Improvement in the Supply System of Wheat Flour Silos

    Fabricio Henrique Bernardo Sant’ana1, Anderson Figueiredo da Costa2-1

    1. Production Engineering, University São Judas Tadeu, Taquari Street 546, ZIP 03166-000, São Paulo, Brazil.
    2. Engineering and Materials Science, Federal University of São Paulo, Rua Talim 330, 12231-280, São José dos Campos, Brazil.

    Abstract: This study was carried out based on the tools used in the process of wheat flour silos and adapted to a food industrial scenario with the purpose of defining the capacity of the supply process of a food factory, and if there are conditions for a possible expansion and the creation of a new line of loaf breads, since the demand of a particular brand is growing, in addition to opportunities for gain and expansion in the current market. Initially, we carried out surveys of times and methods, movements of people and machines, we acquired information and specifications about the efficiency of the machines, based on that we calculated the efficiency of our system, from there, the step was to calculate the demand for flour that the factory needed so that there was no failure in any production line, and we correlated the capacity of the system with the need to consume the factory’s main raw material. With the deepening of the study, we realized there is work idleness in the Wheat Flour Silos supply sector, and we implemented some Lean Manufacturing tools, such as DMAIC, analysis tools. In the implementation phase of improvements in the DMAIC cycle (Improve), we implemented in the sector improvements in handling, lean times and some pillars of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), beginning to start up some autonomous maintenance activities, such as inspection routes, failure analysis, preventive and predictive maintenance, in parallel with operational training and Work Safety dialogues weekly (SHE Pillar). To reach the success in the project, we used as reference the analysis some works of reputed names from the academic and industrial scene, as well studies, reports and technical information from manufacturers and engineers who designed the current system.

    Keywords: Silo, food, TPM.

    Pages: 115 – 131 | Full PDF Paper