Time is money as per the old saying which means squeeze out as much production as you can in a certain time period and you can make more money, right! But, what if you or someone else is struggling to improve production even when everything else is going smooth?
There’re many different things that can increase quantity without sacrificing on the quality for removing obstacles while reorganizing work the way you wish. If yours is a manufacturing facility, here’s how safety can optimize both revenue and productivity.
Analysis of the Current Workflow
It’s obvious you won’t be able to identify or understand what which needs to be changed without knowing how everything works and synchronization of the processes. The three areas that can help you identify the most needed changes are:
People – Identify if you have got the right people with the right skills at the right place; a project manager responsible to keep all critical solutions, possibilities and pathways visible; clearly defined and achievable objectives, realistic and safe.
Processes – Have you ever mapped the processes and when? Did you use value stream mapping for evaluation of process improvement projects? Were there any bottlenecks and pain points encountered?
Technology & Equipment – Condition of the overall equipment and does it need any repairs. Reliability of the technology for process optimization and optimal achievement of the current needs! Ease or difficulty in making changes and adapting to them in the production!
Latest Technology & Procedures
On successful mapping and review of the current workflow, begin classifying the areas where technology or likewise procedures can be improved with a few tweaks, updates and changes. Procedures that have been around for a long time become stagnant, worthless and vague which can be refreshed after certain changes in the production methods and new additions.
- Automation is a powerful and effective tool for error reduction and efficiency boost.
- Introduction of new software solutions can surely help with the inventory, scheduling, and tracking of the workflow.
- Bringing in better and improved equipment can also better speed, quality and quantity of the production.
On recognizing new equipment and technology, pay close attention to the total cost of ownership and overall impact on the outcome. Initially, a higher expense can be worthy in case total ownership cost is lower than the technology or process to be replaced and whether it has the potential to remove the problem and its source.
Commitment to Programmed Maintenance
Perhaps, the quickest way to slow down production or deliberately creating a bottleneck is playing idle or ignoring regular maintenance. It must be noted that maintenance downtime cost significantly less than that which is experienced due to worn and broken equipment. Remember that maintenance can be scheduled whereas breakage mostly comes at the worst time.
- All operators must be well-trained and proficient in carrying out regular maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.
- Schedule safety, preventive system checkups and maintenance at regular intervals.
- Deploy industry-approved and quality safety instrumented systems for the best workflow processes and timely maintenance.