The 3 Critical Steps for Productivity in Modern Day Manufacturing


The manufacturing industry is an essential sector for trade. With the world doing more trade, and international trade at that, than ever before it is essential that manufacturing companies are being as competitive as possible. 

Manufacturers should be continuously seeking to offer the sleekest and most efficient production services and manufacturing technologies on the market in order to bolster growth and continue to build on existing success. Productivity is at the heart of all major manufacturing companies, so today we are looking at how manufacturers can ensure their businesses are operating at maximum productivity and in order to keep their clients and customers happy and loyal. 

Balancing The Human Element With Automation 

Of course most manufacturers are looking to automation to offer optimum productivity. But that then opens up the issue of how far to go with that without loosing the need for human skill and overall manpower. The contribution that human beings bring to the manufacturing process is unrivaled when it comes to to complex issues, however automation technology is going from strength to strength and in many areas now offers a quicker option. So how does one strike the right balance between the two? 

Many jobs that once could be carried about by manual labor, can now be taken care of by precise and extremely intelligent assembly robots. Not only do many of these production line robots get the job done in a quicker time than humans, they can also offer greater accuracy and consistency than many manual laborers can match. Of course hand-assembly technicians can get tired throughout the day and can be at risk of producing lower par work towards the end of the day, which is not a problem that machines present. 

Some amazing cut service machines, of course merge the need for both man power combined with advanced technology, which strikes a healthy balance between the two. However there is a lot of modern manufacturing machinery that work completely robotically, without the need for human input and the results are fewer flaws and quicker turn around. Which saves the manufacturer time, increasing productivity and decreasing the time that is required for the physical labor. 

Man-Power 

Regardless of how important it is to stay on top of the modern manufacturing automation machinery, within the world of manufacturing, it is impossible to ignore the human element in any manufacturing business. The human element in any manufacturing firm is essential to the success of the business. Robots and machinery needs to be operated, maintained, they need humans to do the correct programming and only humans can properly monitor the robotic elements to ensure maximum production is happening within the production line. 

Therefore it is essential that all staff are being properly invested in when it comes to the education and training of all new robotic manufacturing machinery. All staff should have up to date knowledge concerning all the machinery that they come into contact with within their role. Not only should workers be fully knowledgeable about the factory automation machinery they should also be well trained about the all the products being made. 

So it is essential that the continued education and training of the factory workers is a constant focus for manufacturing businesses. Training employees about the details of their day to day tasks, alongside training that provides insight into all other areas of the production process and also insight into the products, will mean staff have a full overview of the company. That they understand how the entire operation works and therefore understand their integral role within the production, ensuring improved productivity and a more fluid process overall. 

Providing training to employees outside of their immediate job roles means that employees can think about more than just their individual area of work, which means that the work force on a whole is more understanding of the overall process. This will have a very positive effect in many areas of the production line. For example, if there are members of staff that fall sick or take leave for a while then production doesn't need to stop in their specialized area as they will no longer be the only person that knows how to do that specific job. 

Rewarding Staff 

So now that we understand that no matter how much the manufacturing process is moving towards increased automation, we can not ignore the importance of the human element when it comes to the overall functioning and productivity of the manufacturing industry. Therefore it is key to be focusing on how to ensure staff are feeling motivated and rewarded. The best place to start with this is by focusing on the floor managers and ensuring that they are being trained on how to implement the best practices in their teams. Spending time with floor managers, to train them on the objectives of their teams and how to motivate their teams in order to achieve those goals is the best place to start. Training managers on how to reward staff that are working towards those shared goals in a focused and dedicated manner. Thinking of creative and personal ways to reward staff is a great way to keep staff motivated and therefore keep productivity levels at a premium level. 

Rewarding creativity is also very important when it comes to nurturing a strong and forward thinking manufacturing team. Encouraging staff to think creatively and experimentally about how to boost output and how to improve productivity is a great way to get staff feeling much more involved in the company. Mistakes are an inevitable part of creative and innovative teams so a changed mind set of welcoming errors is really important in order to harvest a team of individuals who feel that a unique approach to productivity will be rewarded. 

Last, but by no means least, manufacturers need to be of course, rewarding efficiency. Manufacturing is all about the factory floor and the output of that factory floor, so rewarding the efficiency of staff is crucial. Manufacturers should be thinking about interesting and unique ways that staff can be rewarded for being highly efficient in order to ensure the manufacturing process is working at a premium level of productivity.





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