4 Production Efficiency Problems Manufacturers May Have

How efficient are your team and production processes? Do you use IoT technology to optimize your production efficiency?

No matter how good you are, you could likely do something to improve. And maybe you have a lot of room for improvement.

See if any of these problems sound familiar. Look at them as a starting point for increasing your production efficiency:

  • You Don’t Handle Raw Materials in the Most Efficient Manner

Raw materials are the biggest financial cost in your production processes. Do you track all the energy you input during your production process, as well as the weight, volume, and temperature of your raw materials?

Do you analyze the product yields, waste, and downtime that occur? What bottlenecks occur with your raw materials as they go through the production process?

  • Your Packaging Costs Are Typically Higher than Necessary

For many manufacturers, packaging systems are almost always one of the greatest opportunities for increases in efficiency. Technology in this area has advanced rapidly in recent years, which means you could easily be behind even though you’ve upgraded somewhat recently.

Leading companies are producing machinery that automates more of the packaging process. And, since many new packaging materials are fairly expensive, this presents an opportunity for great cost savings.

  • Your Equipment Has High Downtime

Manual, semi-automated, and automated equipment all breaks down eventually. The question: how long will it be down at your plant? For example, you might have a torque gun that requires highly charged batteries to do its job. Not only can it take you time to charge the batteries when necessary, but if it operates on less than a full charge, this can lead to loose assembly. That could cause huge issues in product quality, and eventually, angry customers.

The solution lies in creating preventative and predictive maintenance plans.

  • You Have Poorly Designed Production Processes

Production teams and assemblers need to communicate and be on the same page. If assemblers routinely aren’t meeting cycle times, you may have to stop production while you wait for them to catch up. This can also lead to misassembly or incomplete assembly. And like before, this causes product defects and angry customers.

Those aren’t all the problems with production efficiency that you may experience at your manufacturing plant. However, they are some.

Not as efficient as you should be? Call Pollock at 855.239.5153 today.