Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Benefits of microbiological process control - in money?

There are several ways to calculate economical benefits of a proper mb control system. Mind-mapping technique can be used first to detect all aspects included:

TOTAL ECONOMY
  • ECONOMY OF PRODUCTION
  • SAVINGS CONNECTED TO SECURED PRODUCT QUALITY
  • OTHER ISSUES...?
ECONOMY OF PRODUCTION
  • COST OF SPOILED RAW MATERIALS
  • OPTIMAL BIOCIDE PROGRAMS
  • MINIMIZED WASHING & BOILOUT PERIODS
  • PREVENTION OF DRIVE DELAYS
  • OTHER ISSUES...?
SAVINGS CONNECTED TO SECURED PRODUCT QUALITY
  • CUSTOMER CLAIMS....
  • FLUENT CONVERTING ACTIONS
  • IMAGE OF THE PRODUCT BRAND
  • OTHER ISSUES...?

An active, problem-preventing microbiological control of raw materials and processes is a most important activity of a paper mill to prevent costs, connected to poor process managements and product faults. We can calculate this value in many ways:

* how much money is spent every second when the production is delayed? 10 euros/s?
* what is the price of a lost jumbo roll, 10...30 metric tons? 5000 € to 30 000 €?
* what are the costs of ineffective / too low / wrongly distributed biocide dosage?
* how much money is spent when a lot of mineral filler or starch is spoiled in a storage tank?
* how much working time of the mill employers is spent for corrective measures after a microbiological problem situation?
* comparison of proper HACCP, based on rapid mb methods and an old-fashioned microbiological control, activated only in hazardous situations?

Different points of view....please think over and refer!

1 comment:

Helge V. Keitel said...

Juha, this is very good. The economics of the Biotouch approach has to be discussed. This is the right way to open a dialog.