It is a sad fact that each and every manufacturing business wants to improve its output without actually putting in any effort themselves. However, this is not attainable as there is an effort that will need to be exerted, whether it is in paying for new equipment or paying in time to get your employees trained and working at a far faster pace.
Start by Training your Employees
In order for you to get the maximum output from your employees, they will need to be taught the quickest and most productive route to get their jobs completed, and they will need to be shown which faults to look for and what to do should they spot an error.
This could be as simple as putting the work to one side and carrying on with the load in front of them, so that any issues can be addressed at the end of the working day – or it may be a case of addressing the issue at the time to make sure that a whole batch of work is not rejected further down the line.
Looking for errors while the job is in progress may seem like it is going to be detrimental to the amount of output that you require. However, if errors are not spotted until the product is at the end stage of production, you have not only wasted time on a faulty product but have also wasted all the extra components that you have added to it, therefore costing your business far more time and money.
Improve the Workflow
One of the easiest ways to improve workflow is to get the work coming to your workers rather than having them waste valuable working time looking or fetching their next job. Now you could have runners going backward and forward carrying workloads with them and distributing it out to individuals or lines; however, in doing this you are paying a non-productive employee for just wandering around which could in itself result in safety issues and interrupt workflow to those workers waiting at their benches.
The best way to distribute work to individuals or production lines is to use a conveyor belt system such as one made, distributed, and serviced by fluentconveyors.com. You will be able to get your own bespoke-designed conveyor to address your requirements around your manufacturing site and keep all your workers working rather than having them wandering around socializing while carrying armfuls of work from A to B.
Put procedures in Place
Procedures are very useful within a manufacturing environment. They will not only tell the workers what they need to do in some detail, but they will restrict any corner-cutting that may be done by your workers. It will also give you an element of control over how each and every job role is carried out and completed to your own desired specification.
This means that your workforce will work as one and it will not matter which operative does which procedure because they will all be doing it, in the same way, to roughly the same time scale; it will therefore be far easier to carry out scheduling on an order and set attainable deadlines.