The main product manufactured at Catalyst Manufacturing is MAGGI 2-minutes noodles. The
noodle line consists of 8 lines which are designed to do 40 cuts x 4 lines a minute, yielding 160
noodle cakes per minute.
Catalyst Manufacturing is currently experiencing major problems within the production line,
resulting in large overhead costs and a vast number of defective products.
2009 year-end statistics indicate an average noodle loss (noodle cake and dough) of 7.94%
against an allowed loss of 4%. Rework that could not be absorbed during 2009 amounted to
328 tons at a product value of R 3.8 million.
The nature of this project will mainly focus on the application of simulation and management
financing techniques applied in the production line at Catalyst Manufacturing.
The goal of the project is to allocate weight to each individual problem to establish the financial
overheads associated with each area. By means of this data, a variety of cost-efficient solutions
can be generated to reduce the overall losses in the system.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2010.