Everyone hates waste. But unlike most people, Giovanni Ruggiero, responsible for Draw Optical Fibres Process at Prysmian Group’s FOS plant, hunts down and squeezes out waste every day as part of his job.
“Our goal is to guarantee and make the production process the most efficient as possible, with the least cost possible,” he explains. “So, that means reducing waste maintaining a high OEE level.”
A more efficient process with less waste means higher margins, indeed any increase in waste impacts directly on fibre costs. FOS, or Fibre Ottiche Sud, produces about 50% of all the optical fibre made in Europe by Prysmian Group, and Prysmian is Europe’s largest producer of optical fibre. Even at a high-tech factory like FOS, the waste can be traced to four main areas. The causes can be always identified in the 4M “men, machines, method, or material,” says Giovanni.