The phrase ‘time is money’ is especially relevant in manufacturing. The more you can produce in a shorter period of time, the more money you are likely to make. Do you know where to start? Here are some tips for how to improve production line efficiency in your place of work.
Know how long it actually takes
Making changes and setting goals in a workplace all has to be based on accurate information on how things are currently being run. You can’t just pick a time out of thin air and expect your employees to get their production time down to that instantly.
Take a few days, or even a week to look at your current Syringe Production Line. Look at how long it takes overall and how long it takes in each section. From that information, you have your starting point and possibly gain some initial ideas for how to improve the efficiency of your production line. The next step is to create a plan that involves input from your employees on how to reduce the time taken on certain tasks- asking the people who do it day-in day-out will highlight some issues you may not even be aware of.
From this plan of action, you can start setting goals of reducing the production time by small amounts at a time, and evaluating the plan as you go. Do this until you’re happy with the time it takes one item to go from start to finish.
Keep your equipment well maintained
Broken equipment won’t help you to get your items produced, at least not in the timeframe you would want. The time and money taken to fix broken equipment can play havoc on your bottom line, not to mention employee morale.
One way to ensure that this isn’t a problem in your production line is to provide regular maintenance on all of your equipment to keep it in good, working condition. While this may seem like a hassle and potentially more money, you’ll be less likely to have multiple things breaking at once, and we all know how detrimental that can be in a business. Buying from companies who offer after care serving on their equipment as standard is a great way to reduce the costs of keeping equipment in good condition. This is because the company will have access to any parts that need replacing, and will likely be able to fix the problem much quicker through knowing how the equipment is built in the first place.
Promote good communication between teams
Broken communication is one of the biggest problems within multi-team workplaces and can often lead to slower production times. If the necessary information isn’t passed along or not passed along clearly enough, this can lead to a back and forth with no real work being completed.
Discuss this with the team leaders for each section, find out how they communicate with other teams, what works for them and where the issues are. There may be a specific method or set of communication regulations that you can put in place to make it more uniform and effective for everyone involved. Maybe a form could be used to pass along information so it’s all in one place, or a set amount of time that people have to respond within. Find what works for your company and your specific teams, and play to their strengths.
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