The manufacturing industry suffers from inefficiency. Although managers and engineers are devoting more and more time to analyzing statistics (which are also becoming more and more), many companies still cannot come up with a specific plan of action to solve their problems.
Here are 5 tips from Arnie Gordon, who has been involved in production technology for over 40 years. These tips will help optimize production processes and prepare for the implementation of effective software solutions.
1. KNOW THE POWER OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
The term business intelligence (BI) means the collection of data on various processes occurring in the enterprise and their analysis. These data will help to optimize both the company and the entire supply chain: you can compare and choose the best suppliers, compare the work of production facilities or departments of enterprises and identify areas for business improvement. Here is an example: suppose that in one plant a certain process is performed faster than in another, and we need to know the reason. To do this, the business intelligence system will collect data at both plants, and managers will analyze them using VI technology. Based on these objective data, it is possible to determine exactly why the second plant is running slower.
2. CONNECT ALL LINKS OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Businesses with production facilities and suppliers around the world are often unable to keep track of what is happening in each chain of the supply chain. But there is a way out: with the simplest network protocols you can combine all the necessary information. This will greatly facilitate the work of operators and quality inspectors.
Practice shows that the most flexible are simple cloud systems. Their significant advantage is that you can access it at any time and from any type of device – from a computer or mobile device.
3. CONTROL WASTE VOLUMES
Waste that could be avoided is one of the biggest unnecessary costs in today’s economy. In addition, wasting materials and generating excessive amounts of waste is a serious blow to the company’s image, as society pays more and more attention to environmental protection.
Therefore, it is necessary to analyze all the processes and identify those that generate the most garbage. In this way, you can find ways to reduce waste or minimize it.
4. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO IDENTIFY PROBLEMS
This advice may seem very abstract and obvious, but in fact it is important. Business process experts often say that enterprise problems weaken the production process. If several links are damaged at the same time, the whole “chain” breaks down.
So do not be afraid to immediately acknowledge the existence of problems and move on to solve them as soon as possible. Weaknesses of each firm can be identified at the following levels:
- business process problems as such;
- effectiveness of actions of specific employees;
- problems in the organizational structure of the firm.
Once a problem is identified, it needs to be documented and addressed. Waiting will only make the situation worse, ignoring the problem will cost you more and more.
5. USE THE PERFORMANCE CONTROL SYSTEM
Problem analysis allows us to understand that something is wrong. But it is equally important that the employee who faced the problem has the opportunity to formalize it as soon as possible and pass it on to the resource responsible for solving it.
If the need to upgrade the company’s process management systems is identified and identified as a problem, this is only half the battle. Managers must show initiative and be able to resolve it quickly.
To do this, you can use the ticketing system, which provides for the formation and control of work with personal responsibility and within a specified period.
If such an approach is not implemented yet, the problem will only grow, and its solution will require increasing efforts.
Prepared on the basis of Forbes material “Manufacturing Management: Five Ways To Improve Your Processes”.