Manufacturing efficiency is the cornerstone for success, particularly in today’s competitive landscape. As a result, embracing the right strategies is critical, particularly those that streamline processes and reduce costs while ensuring high-quality outputs. For companies trying to figure out how to improve manufacturing efficiency, here are some tips that can help.
Invest in Employee Training
Well-trained employees are productive employees. By offering training opportunities, your company can continuously improve the capabilities of its workforce. In turn, your staff can operate more efficiently.
Employee training also comes with side benefits. Often, chances to grow and advance, boost engagement, and bolster employee productivity. Additionally, it creates opportunities to close skill gaps or otherwise upskill top performers, ensuring you have the top-quality workforce your company needs to thrive.
Introduce the Right Technologies
Today, the manufacturing industry is increasingly embracing technologies that are designed to increase efficiency. Plus, these solutions often reduce waste, and they can operate 24/7 without the need for breaks (aside from maintenance requirements).
Additionally, many advanced manufacturing facilities incorporate IoT devices to monitor production. These solutions can identify bottlenecks that are slowing activities in other parts of the facility. In turn, manufacturers can adjust workflows or staffing to eliminate the bottleneck, leading to greater overall productivity.
Optimize Facility Layouts
How a facility is laid out has a significant impact on productivity. You streamline your operations by grouping workstations to limit the time and effort required to move materials or products-in-progress to the next production phase.
Plus, optimizing facility layouts can reduce the need for employees to walk to distant parts of the facility and shorten distances equipment like forklifts needs to travel. Often, that can reduce fatigue and lessen the chances of accidents, making a safer work environment that’s also more productive.
While manufacturing environments are typically fast-paced, emphasizing speed can potentially do more harm than good. When employees think that working faster is the top priority, they may sacrifice quality in order to meet speed-related metrics.
Instead, consider prioritizing quality over pure speed. Doing so can reduce error and injury rates, as employees can take the time required to get the job done right. Often, that leads to an uptick in productivity, as it limits the number of mistakes requiring correction and keeps your workforce healthy, leading to fewer absences.
Similarly, implementing robust quality controls is worth doing. While integrating them throughout the manufacturing process does mean dedicating time to the checks, defects are typically caught earlier in the production process. Along with reducing waste, it ensures that any adjustments to production can happen quickly, which boosts efficiency in the end.
Right-Size Your Workforce
A few issues will hinder efficiency in a manufacturing environment, like being short-handed. Harness a mix of permanent hires and temporary workers to ensure your staffing levels are always right-sized. Along with giving you enough employees to handle every responsibility, that strategy eliminates the need for costly overtime while reducing fatigue and burnout, all of which works in your favor.
Ultimately, all of the tips above can help improve manufacturing efficiency, leading to higher productivity and increased profitability. If you’d like to learn more or need to hire top talent quickly without sacrificing quality, GSG Talent Solutions wants to hear from you. Contact us today.