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Process Optimization as a Trade-off

It’s Simple Solutions Wednesday. Today we talk about optimization using a simple process example.

When aiming to leverage full potential of the process, two scenarios can occur:

  • the increase in a parameter with small intervals results in greater production output;
  • the increase in the parameter is pushed too far resulting in negative effects becoming more significant than the increase in production output.

Let’s consider a drying process, where temperature is a parameter.

When we increase the temperature the product will dry faster resulting in higher output per unit of time. When we set the temperature too high, the product’s quality may go down and waste and rework may occur. Therefore, the goal is to find an optimal balance between production output and the product waste. The optimization method must take into account the positive and negative effects as well as the required increase in the energy usage.

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