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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Maintain production efficiencies 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
9893  Maintain production efficiencies 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2004-12-02  2005-04-13  SAQA 1657/04 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2006-04-13   2009-04-13  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
119159  Maintain manufacturing efficiencies  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Maintaining production efficiencies in a process to achieve quality and output. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression. It is one of a series of unit standards for activities below, at and above this level. The credits assigned to it are based on the assumption that I am learning what is needed for this unit standard as part of my learning for a range of related unit standards at this level or below it.

If I have experience in these related activities but do not have credits for them, I can obtain credits by being assessed through a process that recognises prior learning.

If I do not have such experience of related activities, then my learning time will be increased. I can choose to be assessed and obtain credits against those other unit standards as I make progress towards the outcomes of this unit standard. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
This unit standard focuses on the technical aspects of the production process. It is not meant to be a replacement for management or supervisory standards. Issues of work organisation, discipline, grievances, relationships between management and workers are not assessed as part of this standard. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Observe production process. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Check activities, safety, product quality and housekeeping 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Production meets specifications. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results.
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine.
capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining.
production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Production targets are met. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results.
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine.
capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining.
production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Machine efficiencies are maintained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results.
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine.
capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining.
production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Reports are accurate. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results.
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine.
capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining.
production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Corrective actions are implemented, reviewed and recorded. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results.
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine.
capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining.
production efficiencies. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Share and discuss information and resolve issues which impact on quality and output. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Production meets specifications. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Production targets are met. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Machine efficiencies are maintained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Reports are accurate. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Corrective actions are implemented, reviewed and recorded. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Identify and report performance and training issues affecting quality. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Production meets specifications. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Production targets are met. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Machine efficiencies are maintained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Reports are accurate. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Corrective actions are implemented, reviewed and recorded. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators:

1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
2. Changeover times meet required standard.
3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
4. Safe working practices are maintained.
5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

Understanding confirmed:

1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Record process output and trends. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Summarise information and generate reports
  • Map trends 
  • OUTCOME RANGE 
    Process output includes data on materials, process equipment, tooling, the work group, administration and reporting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Production meets specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
    2. Changeover times meet required standard.
    3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
    4. Safe working practices are maintained.
    5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

    Understanding confirmed:

    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
    2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Production targets are met. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
    2. Changeover times meet required standard.
    3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
    4. Safe working practices are maintained.
    5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

    Understanding confirmed:

    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
    2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Machine efficiencies are maintained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
    2. Changeover times meet required standard.
    3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
    4. Safe working practices are maintained.
    5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

    Understanding confirmed:

    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
    2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Reports are accurate. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
    2. Changeover times meet required standard.
    3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
    4. Safe working practices are maintained.
    5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

    Understanding confirmed:

    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
    2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Corrective actions are implemented, reviewed and recorded. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
    2. Changeover times meet required standard.
    3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
    4. Safe working practices are maintained.
    5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

    Understanding confirmed:

    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
    2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Suggest or perform corrective actions to maintain quality and output. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Check implementation of corrective action through spot checks 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Production meets specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
    2. Changeover times meet required standard.
    3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
    4. Safe working practices are maintained.
    5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

    Understanding confirmed:

    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
    2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Production targets are met. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
    2. Changeover times meet required standard.
    3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
    4. Safe working practices are maintained.
    5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

    Understanding confirmed:

    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
    2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Machine efficiencies are maintained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
    2. Changeover times meet required standard.
    3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
    4. Safe working practices are maintained.
    5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

    Understanding confirmed:

    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
    2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Reports are accurate. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
    2. Changeover times meet required standard.
    3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
    4. Safe working practices are maintained.
    5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

    Understanding confirmed:

    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
    2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Corrective actions are implemented, reviewed and recorded. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Scrap and downtime are minimised.
    2. Changeover times meet required standard.
    3. Problems are attended to in a timely way.
    4. Safe working practices are maintained.
    5. Corrective actions are cost effective and safe.

    Understanding confirmed:

    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between specifications and test results
    2. Explain and discuss issues related to maintenance, morale, tooling design, machine capacities and choice of materials and additives as they relate to maintaining production efficiencies. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA Education and Training Quality Assurer who has jurisdiction over this field of learning. My assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a technical qualification in this learning area.

    I can be assessed in the language of my choice although if I have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, I will be assessed on my ability to report in the language commonly used in my working environment.

    I will be assessed in the workplace but I can submit documents, projects, test results and assignments that were not produced in the workplace.

    I can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names & functions of:
  • Sources and types of information

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Materials
  • Additives
  • Machinery and equipment (capacity)

    Sensory cues:
  • To identify potential problems (sight, sound, smell, feel)

    Purpose of:
  • Tests, test results, specifications, records, reports

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Typical and unusual causes of problems
  • Implications of inefficiencies, poor working practices, lack of controls, lack of information and skills

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Methods of collecting, analysing, organising, summarising and presenting data
  • Methods of determining and calculating efficiencies
  • Methods of plotting trends
  • Using equipment and determining faults
  • Quality related procedures

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements

    Theory: rules, principles, laws
  • Interrelationship of physical and chemical properties and factors which impact on them
  • Statistical knowledge to make accurate decisions about data

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationships between output, maintenance, properties of finished product and cost 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • In complex environments and systems
  • Based on analysing data sets 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • Maintain focus on achieving production efficiencies
  • Maintain flow of helpful information and feedback
  • Build relationships to improve efficiencies 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Maintain a consistent and regular approach to achieve efficient production 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Determine trends which will lead to inefficiencies
  • Identify potential problems based on information not from the senses
  • Identify potential problems based on information from the senses 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Feedback is appropriate
  • Coach people to improve their understanding and performance
  • Provide relevant information and feedback to help people make decisions or implement actions 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Use a methodical, scientific approach to monitoring information and identifying problems and solutions
  • Interpret sensory and other information in terms of basic physical, chemical and mechanical properties 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Develop solutions which will not impact negatively on other aspects of the process, costs or end-user needs
  • Predict the behaviour of complex manufacturing systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 119159, which is 'Maintain plastics manufacturing efficiencies', Level 5, 12 credits.

    1. This unit standard deals with the change from working with physical processes to working with information
    2. It would apply to a technological expert who would link with others, taking a lead role in an activity while still being very much part of the team in the sense of feeding others with information needed to do their jobs (e.g. standing next to a person and helping to solve problems). 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  20891   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2005-04-13  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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