In manufacturing more than any other industry, efficiency is what it’s all about. An eliminating time it costs to produce. The monetary costs. The potential of work interruption. There are a lot of places that loss can come from, so you need a lot of methods to eliminate it. Hopefully, we can highlight a few of more important issues you will come across.
One of the more unpredictable elements of the workplace is the very human element of it. Keeping track of your employees is important, but even more so is building them into more effective members of the team. Cross-training employees don’t just make them more useful. It makes them more expendable, too. No longer will the loss of an employee provide as huge a work interruption to your business.
In terms of making employees more efficient, it’s not always down to their own personal working style. More often than not, it’s the system that has a bigger effect on how productive they are. For example, in systems that rely on a lot of physical paper and storage, it’s harder to get documents where they need to be. Having a paperless shop floor can save you a lot of money and time. It’s also recommended to use some kind of multivariate data analysis software to figure out all of your companies habits to pinpoint and improve overall efficiency by eliminating and improving weak points that yield a low or negative result.
It’s not only the methods of organizing that matter, either. Rather, you should look at the methods of the whole manufacturing floor if you want to cut costs. That what lean manufacturing is all about, so adopt it. Take care of your equipment regularly. Place it in the most time effective order/formation. Get the equipment you don’t use out of the way. Eliminate lost time as well as defects caused by poorly maintained machines. Make lean an integral part of your production method.
It goes beyond the big machines as well. Every resource counts in the business. Not just because they cost money. But lacking the right resources or safety equipment can also cause a lot of lost time in work interruption. So have the right systems in place so you know exactly how much of what you have and who is last responsible for it. A good inventory system cuts down loss and makes it easier to gauge when and what you need to buy in terms of resources.
One of the most concerning and largest causes of an inefficient production floor is health and safety. Industrial accidents can ruin lives and companies. So designate or hire a safety officer and work carefully with them. Setting markers for walkways that need to be clear. Making sure clear signage is posted where it needs to be. Training and retraining employees on the safe use of equipment. Don’t miss a single element of floor safety.
We hope this guide helps you make your business plans a lot more efficient. Without taking steps to cut out as much loss as you can, you’re essentially throwing money and effort down the drain. Keep the spirit of these methods in mind and adapt them to the challenges you’ll come up against in future.