Productivity Improvement Using Software Automation

March 2019

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5 Foolproof Ways to Increase Productivity at Your Manufacturing Facility using Software Automation

In today’s ever challenging manufacturing sector, where time is money, software automation has become increasingly important (if not vital) for survival.

Well, with the escalating demand for premium quality products and services in the manufacturing sector – that can only be supplied by a high level of productivity – software automation is the key to enhancing and improving your manufacturing business’s productivity.

Here are 5 foolproof ways to increase productivity at your manufacturing facility with the help of software automation:

Assess Your Existing Workflow

You cannot possibly know what needs to be changed until you know how everything works. There are three critical areas you must evaluate to identify the changes that are needed in your existing workflow to increase throughput. These areas are:

  • Performers – Have you hired people with the right skills? Do you have a project manager to assist you in meeting all aspects of your manufacturing project and keeping everything on track?
  • Processes – When was the last time when you tried to identify the workflow bottlenecks – that might be keeping your manufacturing facility from reaching its full potential? Have you used value stream mapping to analyze process improvement?
  • Systems – Is all your equipment in good shape? Is the technology or software you are using best suited for your current needs?

Keep Your Processes and Technology Updated

Once you have assessed and mapped your workflow, begin identifying areas where the processes and/or technology (currently in use) might require some updating. Ideally, processes that have been in use for a long time may be riddled with workarounds because of the addition of new equipments or continuous changes in the production methods.

Luckily, there are a handful of software automation solutions that can help you with cleaning a production bottleneck. In fact, the new software solutions can assist in scheduling, inventory, and monitoring workflow.

Scheduled Maintenance at Regular Intervals

 Downtime for maintenance costs is a lot less compared to the downtime due to the broken and damaged equipment. So, you must make it a practice to perform scheduled maintenance at regular intervals to check if any equipment in your manufacturing facility is in need of repair. The best way to carry out scheduled maintenance is to train machine operators into understanding how simple maintenance works.

Another great way to schedule maintenance is to make use of the ‘Preventive maintenance software’, as it will ensure that your equipment will continue to run smoothly in the long run – without unexpected downtime.

Impart Training and Education to Employees

New employees who don’t have much knowledge of the existing workflow can take time in becoming proficient, resulting in slowdown in production. And so, training sessions must be organized to make employees familiar with how any current or new processes and/or technology works. Also, education and training must be provided to employees who wish to advance their new skills.

But remember, you must not limit the training merely to equipments. After all, your manufacturing facility will only run more efficiently if everyone has a clear idea about your policies.

Keep the Workspace Organized

 Last but not the least, the best way to ensure better productivity at your manufacturing facility is to reduce movement and clutter to save time, which can dramatically increase productivity and overall performance. And, keeping your workspace organized can help you de-clutter the tools and materials that you no longer need, thereby saving the time it takes to get hold of the right tools, materials and documents.

In addition, you can consider using a software solution such as Kanban (just-in-time production) to reduce delays and improve efficiency, as it is built to eliminate manufacturing wastes by producing the right amount of products, in the right quantity, at the right place and time.

 

Author: Amit Singh: Executive Director, Co-head, Enterprise Technology and Services, Avendus Capital