Increasing Productivity on the Manufacturing Floor

April 13th, 2012

As an employer, your job is to get the work done to get the job done. The faster it can be done, without any reduction in the quality of work, the sooner you’ll be able to move on to the next money maker. Meeting goals and demands is challenging. In nearly all manufacturing industries, the ultimate goal is to find ways to improve productivity on the floor. How you do this will depend greatly on the way you do business and on the areas of opportunity present on your floor.

Increase Real Time Response

One of the biggest hang-ups in the industry is the delay in getting information from the machine or worker to the production manager. By implementing devices and tools that can increase the real time experience of those on the floor, you’ll easily increase the productivity possible. There are numerous ways to do this. Some businesses have resorted to using Apple’s iPad to deliver this type of real time processing. Other devices, including remote sensors, real time location systems and wireless networks, can all add to the process and increase productivity.

Find the Problems

By using a method to analyze the way the system is working and to pinpoint problem areas, you can begin to understand what’s affecting your business’s productivity on the manufacturing floor. For example, if you implement methods that can detect and then eliminate problems associated with production systems, you’ll be improving response times and reducing those time consuming and cost intensive concerns. You can ramp up production with ease then.

Communications Matter Too

One of the biggest breakdowns in any business is a lack of communication. Hands down, if a business wants to improve its productivity, it needs to open up business communications at all levels. Streamlining communications can help ensure that everything from customer demands to on the floor problems get attention right away. Be sure that those who have the ability to make decisions are readily able to gather the information through a real time method. In other words, empowering those at a lower level to handle some types of problems on their own can improve the reaction time and response time.

The manufacturing floor of any business needs a customized solution. It is not always possible to use every method for increasing production in your business, but by using some basic tools, it is possible to make significant improvements. It may be necessary to use an analysis system or company to help find those problem areas so you can then find the best way to improve the situation.

Where are your hang-ups? If you do not know the answer to this (and every business has them) then you may be positioning your business to be limited in productivity.