Projects have long been a part of the glass and ceramic industry. Projects—whether they are capital or process improvement—and the associated project management process help manufacturing operations gain a competitive edge. Today’s ceramic and glass industry requires every part of the facility to run lean, faster and more efficient. Whether at the hot end or the cold end, human resources, automation, process systems, and equipment are especially critical, as they must be the foundation for driving lower manufacturing costs while improving product quality and increasing productivity.
Ceramic manufacturing plants are technically highly complex. As such, many in the industry have implemented formal project management systems and, based on this experience, have seen the advantages of project management. Paul Naybour, a project management trainer and consultant, highlights the following advantages:1