Process Optimization is an act of adjusting a process to be more productive in terms of certain key parameters without violating other constraints: this effort is aimed to improve performance metrics in terms of some essential specifications (minimizing process cost, increasing efficiency, etc), while keeping all other parameters within their constraints (in other words optimization doesn’t recognize any trade-offs, like increasing of a process speed at the expense of its output quality, or increasing of quality at the higher process costs). In other words a process optimization can be described as an attempt to find and eliminate all inefficiencies until a process works to its full capability.
Process optimization can take place in one of the following dimensions:
- Equipment optimization (making sure that the equipment is being used to its fullest advantage);
- Operating procedures (minimizing effects of varying performance by different individuals);
- Control optimization (optimizing control loops at complex processes);