Downtime is a time-consuming and expensive disruption for tissue converters. It can be managed in some instances — such as for machine maintenance. By and large, though, downtime is a detriment that the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) estimates accounts for losses of up to $1.20 for every $20 in revenue.1
That’s a potentially steep price to pay, yet accurately calculating downtime eludes many tissue converter management teams, in some cases being underestimated by as much as 300%.2
Understanding the causes of downtime — not just the cost of it — is imperative for tissue converters. Maximum Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and, ultimately, profitability hinge on the knowledge, as does implementing appropriate solutions.