[mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h1″ style=”false” color=”#393836″ size=”28″ font_weight=”300″ margin_top=”20″ margin_bottom=”10″ font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”uppercase” font_family=”none” align=”center”]Five ways to reduce manufacturing downtime [/mk_fancy_title]
[mk_divider style=”thick_solid” divider_width=”one_half” border_color=”#206f98″ margin_top=”10″ margin_bottom=”40″]

Whenever machinery and people are idle, products are not being made. Unplanned disruptions in production and delivery processes is the bane to a business, resulting in huge waste in time and money. However, there are five ways to minimise downtime within your manufacturing processes. Lets take a look.

[mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h3″ style=”false” color=”#393836″ size=”24″ font_weight=”300″ margin_top=”20″ margin_bottom=”10″ font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”uppercase” font_family=”none” align=”left”]Employees [/mk_fancy_title]

Training is of huge importance. For instance, it can minimise user error which in most cases is the cause for manufacturing downtime. It can also ensure the prevention of too much force on a component as well as ensuring correct materials are in use. Additional training is also required for specialised tools in manufacturing.

Clear communication between manager and employee can also limit downtime. Specifically better explanation of downtime and business profits, will see a company gain additional boost in efficiency. Even more so is the fact that employees will feel like a team, especially when they are included in decision making which can lead to increased productivity. In addition, ideas from Kaizan groups can limit downtime, increase morale and provide higher quality goods.

[mk_image src=”http://www.excellmetalspinning.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Untitled-design-21.png” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″]

[mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h3″ style=”false” color=”#393836″ size=”24″ font_weight=”300″ margin_top=”20″ margin_bottom=”10″ font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”uppercase” font_family=”none” align=”left”]Maintenance [/mk_fancy_title]

Preventing machine malfunctions can limit manufacturing downtime and as a result, prevent a slowdown of the manufacturing process. Regular maintenance and installing new machinery is necessary to limit downtime. Similarly, keeping managers updated and they themselves suggesting updates to improve productivity also helps.. Businesses should implement and practice regular ongoing preventative maintenance strategies to reduce waste.

[mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h3″ style=”false” color=”#393836″ size=”24″ font_weight=”300″ margin_top=”20″ margin_bottom=”10″ font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”uppercase” font_family=”none” align=”left”]Regular Evaluations[/mk_fancy_title]

Within regular performance reviews, include discussions of downtime planning. Evaluations need to be honest and straightforward. Furthermore, they should look at areas of excellence and areas of improvements.

[mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h3″ style=”false” color=”#393836″ size=”24″ font_weight=”300″ margin_top=”20″ margin_bottom=”10″ font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”uppercase” font_family=”none” align=”left”]Incentives and goals[/mk_fancy_title]

Businesses should offer incentives to employees who reach designated goals. Penalising employees for excessive downtime is the natural response from other companies. This results in the wrong message and emphasis for company efforts. Incentives motivate employees thus helping production efforts. Ideas of incentives include gift cards, paid lunch and small get-togethers. In other businesses, smart managers would post reports which help staff members feel valued for their achievements within the company.

[mk_image src=”http://www.excellmetalspinning.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Untitled-design-21.png” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″]

[mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h3″ style=”false” color=”#393836″ size=”24″ font_weight=”300″ margin_top=”20″ margin_bottom=”10″ font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”uppercase” font_family=”none” align=”left”]Track downtime and monitor efficiency of manufacturing processes[/mk_fancy_title]

Businesses should always accurately track downtime. Moreover, there are automatic trackers available that can help alert you in real time problems that have occurred. This, as a consequence, allows you to figure out why problems have occurred, thus allowing you to take necessary action to prevent the problem from arising.

There are nonetheless, departments effected by groups or rules. Experiences with red tape and paperwork result in production processes being delayed. However, there are energy audits which can identify opportunities to boost efficiency. Therefore ensuring items are efficiently made, reviewed and distributed.