A critical assessment on SPC implementation in the UK food industry

Jiju Antony, Sarina Abdul Halim Lim, Norin Arshed

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    Abstract

    Statistical process control (SPC) is one of the most widely applied techniques to control and improve processes in manufacturing but very few studies have reported on the successful application of SPC in the food industry. This paper aims to critically assess the status of SPC in the UK food manufacturing industry and suggests avenues for future research. By surveying food-manufacturing companies, forty-five percent of them implemented SPC, with x¯-R and x¯-S charts found to be the most commonly applied SPC charts in this industry. Top management commitment is identified the most critical factor, while lack of SPC training is the most critical challenge, and lack of awareness of SPC is the main reason for food manufacturing companies not implementing it accordingly. The paper provides information to food companies in the UK on most common practiced and important quality tools, SPC charts and critical success factors in the food industry. Furthermore, advantages of SPC user over non-SPC companies through process performance are presented.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationWMSCI 2015 - 19th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings
    EditorsLeonid Perlovsky, Belkis Sanchez, Shigehiro Hashimoto, Jang-Ruey Tzeng, Nagib C. Callaos
    Pages51-56
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781941763254
    StatePublished - 2015
    Event19th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, WMSCI 2015 - Orlando, United States
    Duration: 12 Jul 201515 Jul 2015

    Publication series

    NameWMSCI 2015 - 19th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings
    Volume2

    Conference

    Conference19th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, WMSCI 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityOrlando
    Period12/07/1515/07/15

    Keywords

    • Challenges
    • Continuous improvement
    • Critical success factors
    • Food industry
    • Process performance
    • Statistical process control

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