Manufacturers are eager to streamline complex processes in an effort to produce significant cost and time savings while increasing overall productivity and profitability. However, streamlining long-established processes can be a daunting, time-consuming endeavor. If manufacturers put the right quality programs and new technologies in place from the start, they are able to easily improve existing processes and realize immediate benefits. Here are six key tips that will place manufacturers on the right track from the get-go.
Tip #1. Follow Three Best Practices
The three best practices for streamlining manufacturing processes are:
- Improving quality throughout the entire manufacturing process
- Keep the sales, production and engineering teams in sync and in regular communications
- Minimize both wasted time and materials across the production environment
Tip #2. Put the Right Quality Program In Place
By putting the right quality program in place, manufacturers can ensure that the correct products are available when needed, thereby maximizing overall productivity. The quality program should not only validate the bill of material but also validate the routing steps and the expected time to complete those steps. It can also help manufacturers decrease waste by instructing them to only use the materials they need and minimize the scrap.