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How to improve output

Outputs and profits have a direct relationship. The more a company is capable of outputting within a short period of time, the more successful that company is. More output equals more profits. Here are some basic tips and tricks in helping to assure that your manufacturing company can increase its output and increase its profitability.

Tip #1: Make sure you have a system in place to help you identify inefficiencies and problems. The better your system is at identifying problems, the quicker you are able to correct them. Continuously solving these inefficiencies and problems helps to improve the process and increase outputs. Your system could involve technology or be human driven.

Tip #2: Reduce and divide the manufacturing flow into distinct processes and procedures (work cells). By doing this you are able to more closely examine the process and determine where inefficiencies might exist. By making the tasks as simple as possible you help eliminate confusion and errors. The more repetitive in nature the process is the more efficient you become at that specific task. Work cells also help to determine if the slow down per say is actually in the task itself or the transfer between tasks.

Tip #3:
Evaluate who you have working at which machine. Some individuals may be more naturally apt to handle certain tasks or machinery. Those who have a more natural ability or have the skill and work faster at a certain task or machine should be the individual at that machine. This doesn't mean that you sacrifice accuracy however. Make sure the person on that particular task or machine is doing the very best job in both accuracy and speed.

Tip #4: Find individuals who work well together as a team. If you have a team that works well together then your output and efficiency increases. Anytime you have drama or issues between members of a team, you risk slow down in output due to those issues.You might have to rotate people around to find the best grouping of individuals.

Tip #5: Decrease Scrap. Depending upon the type of manufacturing processes your company involves, your methods and abilities to do these will vary. You want to try to eliminate having excess wherever you can.

Tip #6:
Streamline your work area. Doing this serves two purposes: Safety and Efficiency. If your work areas are organized and streamlined then your employees are safer and more productive. They no longer have to search for items that they need. If you have down time, make sure employees use that time to help straighten and tidy up their work areas.

Tip #7:
Have good technology. If your technology is out of date it may not be providing you with the speed and efficiency of completing the tasks they need to be. This doesn't mean that you should constantly be purchasing the latest and greatest, but you do need to evaluate each piece of technology and make sure it is functioning at the capacities you need them to. If your technology is properly maintained and up to date with updates, drivers, etc then you can also help eliminate downtime due to service issues.

Tip #8: Provide real-time feedback. You want to make sure that your results and issues that occur on the floor and in work areas are relayed back to your personnel in a timely manner. The longer you wait to address wastefulness or inefficiencies the greater chance you have of those incorrect procedures or issues to become more deeply rooted and difficult to get rid of.

These are just a few suggestions to help you get started. You should make a good list of all the areas you think need improvement and ways in which they might be more efficient. Try them all. It never hurts to attempt new ideas in an effort to make your work areas more economical.

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