As profit margins are tightening, Lean Production is becoming a more important part of the industrial and manufacturing process for Evansville and Louisville area business.
1. Improve Receiving Practices
How often does the quantity listed on your order invoice actually match the number of products received? Is your facility paying for missing or damaged goods? What’s the lead time on common products? As your facility’s front line of defense, your receiving departments should be able to answer these questions. If they can’t, it may be time to implement new receiving procedures. Weighing technology can be a simple, effective, and easy way to ensure quick, accurate checks without adding additional time.
Recommended Receiving Improvements:
2. Maintain Low Inventory Levels
Do you keep your shelves stocked and ready for any possible order, or do you produce a product as it’s needed? Lowering on-hand inventory and creating goods as they are needed is a key aspect of lean production. Between additional production cost and a need for extra storage space, overproduction is an expensive mistake. Installing a simple counting solution at the end of your production line can shut the line down just in time to prevent the production of unneeded inventory.
Tip: For a simpler solution, implement a semi-automatic solution to notify workers when a target is reached. Semi-automatic solutions are often less expensive than fully-automatic solutions but can be just as effective.
3. Reduce Product Transport Times
Transporting products between storage and their process can create unneeded production cost. Bring the process to the product with mobile weighing stations are a simple, yet effective, solution to reduce additional transport times.
Recommended Mobile Weighing Solutions:
4. Ensure Package Completeness
Whether it’s ensuring every spring, washer, and screw is in a parts kit or making sure each box has exactly 75 tissues, reducing packaging errors is critical. Shipping incomplete packages can cost a business time, money, and reputation. Fortunately, there is a simple solution called In-Line Completeness Checking. This solution can be achieved utilizing either automatically with an in-motion checkweigher or manually with a bench scale.
5. Practice Regular Maintenance
Poor upkeep is one of the largest factors contributing to decreased efficiency. Regular preventive maintenance reduces the risk of costly downtime, increases the life of the equipment, improves facility safety, and lowers the potential for recalls due to faulty products.