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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Participate in productivity and quality improvement programmes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246622  Participate in productivity and quality improvement programmes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Pulp and Paper 
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 4  NQF Level 04  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for a person who has to participate in optimisation, productivity and quality improvement programmes in a tissue conversion operation.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Understand the variables that affect process optimisation.
  • Monitor and take corrective action to improve production efficiency.
  • Assess basic productivity improvement options.
  • Participate in efficiency and quality improvement programmes.

    This will ensure that the productivity and quality of a tissue conversion operation is maintained in accordance with safe and accepted work practices. This competence will enhance the learner's employability and career options in all occupations where knowledge of productivity and quality is needed. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of required skills:
  • Communication and mathematical literacy, NQF Level 3.
  • Persons attempting this unit standard are required to read, understand and interpret textbooks of a technical nature. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The context of this unit standard includes a complete tissue conversion process including final packing operations if in-line packaging is performed. Processes included are diaper conversion, femcare product conversion, roll tissue conversion and cut tissue conversion.

    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process requires a wide range of cognitive skills and offers a considerable choice of methodologies. A broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts, analytical interpretation of information, informed judgement and a range of sometime innovative responses to concrete but often unfamiliar problems are employed. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand the variables that affect productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The variables that affect productivity are identified and explained in terms of the total tissue conversion operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Product and client requirements are explained in terms of own workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The conflicting nature of optimising productivity variables is explained in terms of own workplace. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Variables may include:
  • Product properties.
  • Client specifications.
  • Process and machine capability.
  • Process and machine throughput.
  • Downtime.
  • Process control.
  • Product quality.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The specified operating variables and the consequences of not adhering to these are explained in terms of the effect on productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The advantages of conformance with best operating practices are explained in terms of the total tissue conversion operation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor and improve operational productivity. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Production efficiency is determined in terms of machine throughput, utilisation, downtime, production yields/waste, conformance to plans. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plans to achieve daily targets are implemented in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Production efficiency factors are monitored in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Operational and product variables are plotted over a period of time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Corrective action is implemented to optimise operational productivity. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assess basic productivity improvement options. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods to minimise machine downtime are assessed in terms of productivity and quality improvement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods to maximise machine throughput are assessed in terms of productivity and quality improvement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Processes to minimise waste are assessed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of planned maintenance with regards to continued productivity is explained as applicable to productivity and quality improvement in own workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Production improvement options are recommended in terms of productivity and quality improvement in own workplace. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Contribute to small project based efficiency and quality improvement programmes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Participation in meetings with efficiency and quality improvement objectives is demonstrated in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of multi-discipline teams in efficiency and quality improvement programmes is explained in terms of the advantages to the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The roles of participants in efficiency and quality improvement programmes are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information is gathered to support changes aimed at efficiency and quality improvement. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information may include:
  • Information gathered through special trials.
  • Tests and analyses.
  • Historical performance data.
  • Technical literature.

    Information gathered may include data derived from:
  • Statistical process control (SPC).
  • Computer based SPC applications.
  • Product development trials.
  • Process development trials.
  • Laboratory or plant analyses, tests, checks.
  • Machine capability.
  • Drawings and diagrams.
  • Pneumatics and instrumentation information.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Information is analysed to verify the impact of changes on efficiency and quality improvement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Recommendations are made towards defining project improvement options. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    A contribution is made towards implementing project recommendations. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 4 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with at least three years experience in a tissue conversion operation will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner understands and can:
  • Understand the variables that affect process optimisation.
  • Monitor and take corrective action to improve production efficiency.
  • Assess basic productivity improvement options.
  • Participate in efficiency and quality improvement programmes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Applying knowledge of scheduling of daily tasks.
  • Identifying the variables that affect productivity.
  • Implementing corrective action to optimise operational productivity.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Understand the variables that affect productivity.
  • Monitor and improve operational productivity. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Understanding and explaining the principles of teamwork and understanding the advantages of multi-discipline teams.
  • Participating in production meetings.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Understand the variables that affect productivity.
  • Contribute to small project based efficiency and quality improvement programmes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Participating in productivity and quality improvement programmes.
  • Monitoring and controlling production efficiency.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when:
  • Evaluating the variables that affect productivity.
  • Plotting operational and product variables over a period of time.
  • Assessing basic productivity improvement options.
  • Gathering information to support changes aimed at efficiency and quality improvement.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Communicating and contributing in meetings.
  • Plotting operational and product variables.
  • Reading and interpreting workplace documentation.
  • Completing all relevant workplace documentation.

    Refer to all SPecific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the conflicting nature of optimising productivity variables.
  • Understanding the advantages of conformance with best operating practices.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Understand the variables that affect productivity. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by rrecognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation by:
  • Explaining the purpose of the process as well as the relationship to the supplier and customer's process/requirements.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Understanding the role of optimisation, productivity and quality improvement programmes in tissue conversion operations and the effect it has on the growth and development of the organisation, its customers and employees.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Application:

    This unit standard may also find application within:
  • NSB 01: Agriculture and Nature Conservation.
  • NSB 03: Business, Commerce and Management Studies.
  • Other fields within NSB 06: Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology.
  • NSB 11: Services.
  • NSB 12: Physical Planning and Construction.

    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and Definitions:

    Standard operating procedures: The documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66289   Further Education and Training Certificate: Lumber Milling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  FPMSETA 
    Core  59037   Further Education and Training Certificate: Tissue Conversion  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  66329   National Certificate: Lumber Milling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Gufferty Consulting 
    2. Legal Environment Safety & Health Requirements cc 
    3. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    4. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    5. York Timbers Pty Ltd 



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