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Developing Greenleaf capability and tools in processing efficiency economic impact

Greenleaf have partnered with MLA to conduct the initial assessment in the short term, anticipating that red meat processors will gain insight into the strategic importance of collecting and interpreting financial impact data using cost benefits analyses (CBAs).

A South-East Queensland beef processor has done substantive background work and planning in materials handling.  The following business related issues have been identified:

  1. Sales requirements call for increased assembly of mixed products,
  2. Storing products and calling on oldest first items is a labor intensive task,
  3. Products requiring immediate shipping need to be fast tracked to eliminate double handling,
  4. OH&S issues with manual handling
  5. Labor intensive.

The aim of the project is to provide red meat processors with the knowledge and understanding of how building their skills and capability in CBA Analysis and Methodology can facilitate and add value to their Material Handling and other R&D initiatives.   This strategy will also address the required skills and capability, information intelligence and systems required in such a comprehensive and sophisticated material handling system.   Greenleaf have a wide range of expertise in business case analysis and, through the delivery of this project, aim to provide companies with the knowledge and understanding of how building their skills and capability in CBA Analysis and Methodology can facilitate and add value to their Material Handling and other R&D initiatives.

The key outcome of the project was that the data supplied has provided good insights but does not yet fully reflect or support the full combination of options red meat processors may consider.  Therefore, the following actions are recommended:

  • Analysis should be done around possibility of configuring new infrastructure to handle a much higher percentage of cartons than the 65% in these scenarios in order to further reduce double handling and increase labour savings.
  • More data is required to complete any further investigation.  It would be ideal for this to include:
    • More details around orders for some of the data already supplied
    • A larger sample of data to capture peaks and troughs in production over time that the system will be required to manage
    • Capital costing estimates for the range of options being proposed to a more helpful trade-off of options for red meat processors to consider

The next step will be to present detailed findings back to the processor in order to refine preferred options and accommodate any new assumptions.  Following acceptance by the processor, targeted CISP partner visits will be established by MLA and the provider (Greenleaf) to share the process and methodology more broadly across the industry.

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