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PLANT PROFILE

Right top: Operators
visually inspect
products before
bucket conveyors
deliver them to the
packaging lines.
Right bottom:
Phelps has two
identical batch
processing lines
where product is
ground, blended
and formed.

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packaging it uses. Because of Belmark's close proximity, Phelps does not have to store a large amount of
packaging materials and operates on a primarily just-intime basis with Belmark.

Everything counts
The Mamata packaging line was purchased to increase
overall production capacity. OEE plays a large role in
the company's decisions to add more equipment. "We
literally count all available time as potential output
time, so breaks hurt our OEE, but breaks are part of
the day so we count them," Ruffolo says. "We'll never
reach 100% but that percentage is not our grade. Our
grade is more about whether our percentage is higher
today than it was yesterday. It's the trend direction
that is most important."
Ruffolo adds that the new high speed Mamata packaging line was a huge step forward for Phelps in terms
of output, capacity and flexibility. The equipment side
now supports higher output and growth. Something
as simple as purchasing additional racks, trays and
bins has also helped by improving the flow of product
and helping production stay ahead of packaging.
Phelps works with its customers to forecast their
production needs, which helps Phelps find line
time to meet customer expectations and maintain
OEE. Phelps' product development engineer, Bryant
Williams, uses a small Hobart mixer to create micro
test batches for prototypes. These small, 10- to 15-lb.
test runs help validate new products and do not
disrupt production.
When asked what the next investment might be to
increase capacity, Ruffolo said it could be more ovens
or another processing room but before that would
happen, more racks, more trays and more hours
of people working will allow the company to grow.
"Currently, we are not fully utilized. We're focusing
on OEE. The key investments we've already made are
allowing us to grow in double digits but what investments we need to make in the future to sustain our
targeted growth is a conversation we have every day,"
Ruffolo says.
At Phelps, growth encompasses much more than
increasing production and reaching a sales metric.
"It's growing with new customers, growing with our
current customers, growing in our understanding of
the market and new ways to go to market," Ruffolo
explains. "Every new conversation we're having with
customers, we're starting to get to know what they're
trying to do and how we can help them with that.
We are building momentum here. People like to be
on a winning team, and we are starting to feel like a
winning team and that's exciting."
PFP

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"We're OK with
identifying internal
issues. That's how
we prevent them
from becoming
external issues."
Rick Ruffolo, Phelps Pet Products


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PET Food Processing - June 2019
CONTENTS
OFF THE LEASH - FEAR FREE
TRENDS - IN THE HOUSE
PLANT PROFILE - THE MEAT OF THE METRICS
FOOD SAFETY - VERIFIED ACCOUNTABILITY
INGREDIENTS - DEFINING CHELATION AND ENCAPSULATION
FORMULATION - FULL DISCLOSURE
EQUIPMENT - EXTRUSION INNOVATION
ON THE MOVE
OPERATIONS - CONTROL ISSUES
PACKAGING - MEDLEY OF MEALS
BEST IN SHOW
PATENTS TO PONDER
EVENTS
SIT, STAY, READ
AD INDEX
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - CONTENTS
PET Food Processing - June 2019 - OFF THE LEASH - FEAR FREE
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - 8
PET Food Processing - June 2019 - TRENDS - IN THE HOUSE
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - PLANT PROFILE - THE MEAT OF THE METRICS
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - FOOD SAFETY - VERIFIED ACCOUNTABILITY
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - INGREDIENTS - DEFINING CHELATION AND ENCAPSULATION
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - FORMULATION - FULL DISCLOSURE
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - EQUIPMENT - EXTRUSION INNOVATION
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - ON THE MOVE
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - OPERATIONS - CONTROL ISSUES
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - PACKAGING - MEDLEY OF MEALS
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - BEST IN SHOW
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - PATENTS TO PONDER
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - EVENTS
PET Food Processing - June 2019 - SIT, STAY, READ
PET Food Processing - June 2019 - AD INDEX
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